On the clock

Los Angeles has been waiting years to get back into the NFL.
The Rams won’t take long to get their first pick in the 2016 NFL draft.
After the move from St. Louis, the Rams traded to get the top pick. They will lead off the first round Thursday at 8 p.m. on ESPN and NFL network.
The second and third round will be Friday, starting at 7 p.m. on ESPN and moving to ESPN2 at 8 p.m. The final four rounds will begin Saturday at noon on ESPN.
Then Mel Kiper Jr. can rest for a while.
The NHL’s second round continues Thursday as the Capitals host the Penguins on NBC Sports network at 8 p.m. St. Louis faces Dallas Friday at 8 p.m. and the Sharks face the Predators at 10:30 p.m.
NBC has a pair of Eastern Conference matchups Saturday, with the Islanders facing the Lightning at 3 p.m. before the Penguins and Capitals meet at 8 p.m.
It’s Game 2 of the St. Louis-Dallas series Sunday at 3 p.m. on NBC and the Sharks meet the Predators at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
TNT has Game 6 between the Hawks and Celtics Thursday at 8 p.m. There’s three Game 6s on Friday, starting with Raptors-Pacers at 7 p.m. on ESPNews. The Hornets host the Heat at 8 p.m. on ESPN and the Clippers face the Blazers at 10:30 p.m.
The semifinal series between Oklahoma City and San Antonio begins Saturday on TNT. The rest of the weekend schedule will be determined as results come in.
The Orioles host the White Sox Thursday on MASN2, Friday on MASN, Saturday on MASN2 and back to MASN on Sunday afternoon.
The Nationals face the Phillies Thursday at 4 p.m. on MASN and head to St. Louis for the weekend. Games are on MASN2 Friday, MASN Saturday afternoon and MASN2 for Sunday’s finale.
FoxSports1 has the Giants and Mets Saturday at 4 p.m., and the Red Sox and Yankees close out their series Sunday on ESPN at 8 p.m.
On the college diamond, ESPN2 has a doubleheader Saturday with LSU-Mississippi at noon followed by Texas A&M against Arkansas.
Texas Tech takes on TCU on FoxSports1 Friday at 9 p.m.
Old Dominion faces Alabama-Birmingham Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.
NASCAR heads to Talladega this weekend, with the Sprint Cup race Sunday at 1 p.m. on Fox. The Xfinity race will be Saturday at 3 p.m.on Fox.
CBS has the Zurich Classic Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
Liverpool tangles with Villarreal in a Europa League semifinal Thursday at 3 p.m. on FoxSports1.
Everton meets AFC Bournemouth on NBC Sports network Saturday at 9:55 a.m. It’s Southampton-Manchester City Sunday at 11:25 a.m.
Portland faces Toronto on ESPN Sunday at 3:30 p.m. and FoxSports1 has the Galaxy against Sporting Kansas City at 8 p.m.
Comcast brings the ACC women’s lacrosse tournament this weekend, starting with four games on Thursday. Virginia Tech meets North Carolina at noon, followed by Virginia-Duke. Boston College battles Syracuse at 5 p.m. and it’s Louisville against Notre Dame in the nightcap.
The semifinals are Friday at 5 and 7:30 p.m., with the final Sunday at 1 p.m.
NBC Sports network has the United States against the World at the Penn Relays Saturday at 12:30 p.m.


Racing in Richmond

The Sprint Cup series visits Richmond twice – this week and early September.
Win in April and life is less nerve-racking the rest of the summer before the return trip.
Fox has the Sprint Cup race Sunday at 1 p.m., after the Xfinity field goes Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on FoxSports1.
Six different racers have posted victories in the first eight races of the season, earning their spots in the final 10-race playoff. When the circuit returns to Richmond, the field of 16 for the Chase for the Cup will be set after the checkered flag.
Likely bringing some “win or in” anxiety for drivers seeking the final spot.
Tampa Bay tries to close out its series with Detroit Thursday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports network, followed by Blues-Blackhawks. CNBC offers the Rangers taking on the Penguins at 7 p.m.
There’s four more games Friday, with three teams having the chance to finish their series. The Capitals host the Flyers on Comcast at 7 p.m., while the Panthers and Islanders are knotted 2-2 going back to Florida at 8 p.m. on CNBC.
The Stars take on the Wild at 9:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network, and the Sharks battle the Kings at 10:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The rest of the weekend schedule will be determined as games progress.
The NBA postseason enters its second weekend, starting Thursday on TNT with Thunder-Mavericks at 7 p.m. and Golden State visiting Houston at 9:30 p.m.
Cleveland heads to Detroit on ESPN Friday at 7 p.m., with Spurs-Grizzlies in the nightcap. ESPN2 offers Hawks against the Celtics at 8 p.m.
TNT has a pair of games Saturday, starting with Raptors-Pacers at 3 p.m. followed by the Heat heading to Charlotte at 5:30 p.m. ESPN brings the Thunder’s trip to Dallas at 8 p.m. and it’s Clippers-TrailBlazers at 10:30 p.m.
There’s two games on ABC Sunday afternoon, as the Grizzlies host the Spurs at 1 p.m. and Warriors meet the Rockets at 3:30 p.m. TNT takes over at 6 p.m. when the Hawks battle the Celtics, followed by Cavaliers-Pistons.
The Nationals close out a series with the Marlins Thursday at 1 p.m. on MASN, then take on the Twins for the weekend on MASN.
The Orioles host the Blue Jays Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN2 before heading to Kansas City. Games Friday and Sunday will be on MASN2, with Saturday’s game on MASN.
The Royals meet the Tigers on FoxSports1 Thursday at 7 p.m.
It’s Red Sox-Astros on FoxSports1 Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
On the college diamond, Florida faces Georgia Saturday at 2 p.m. on ESPN2 and it’s Mississippi State-LSU Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN2.
CBS has the Texas Open Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
Arsenal takes on West Bromwich Albion Thursday at 2:40 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
Manchester City meets Stoke City Saturday at 7:40 a.m., followed by Liverpool-Newcastle United. Sunderland battles Arsenal Sunday at 9 a.m. and it’s Leicester City-Swansea City at 11 a.m.
San Jose faces Kansas City in MLS play Sunday at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN and Orlando City goes against the Red Bulls on FoxSports1 Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
NBC Sports network has the IndyCar Grand Prix of Alabama Sunday at 3:30 p.m. There’s qualifying Saturday at 4 p.m. after practice Friday at noon.
Oklahoma takes on Tennessee in college softball Saturday at 2 p.m. on ESPN and UCLA plays Arizona on ESPN2 Saturday and Sunday at 5 p.m.

 

 


Journey to the trophies

After six months of regular season, the action heats up in the NHL and NBA this weekend.
The quest for the Stanley Cup began Wednesday, and there’s four games to open series Thursday.
The Capitals, top seed in the East, host the Flyers Thursday at 7 p.m. on Comcast and NBC Sports network.
CNBC has the Panthers-Islanders at 8 p.m., with the Sharks against the Kings at 10:30 p.m. Minnesota visits Dallas on NBC Sports network at 9:30 p.m.
Friday’s action starts at 7 p.m. on CNBC with the Red Wings facing the Lightning. NBC Sports network has the Blues battling the Blackhawks at 8 p.m., followed by the first game between the Predators and Ducks.
NBC has the Penguins and Rangers Saturday at 3 p.m. It’s game two between the Capitals and Flyers at 7 p.m. on Comcast and CNBC, while NBC Sports network brings Wild-Stars at 8 p.m. and Sharks against Kings at 10:30 p.m.
The Blackhawks host the Blues Sunday at 3 p.m. on NBC, and CNBC brings the third game between Tampa Bay and Detroit at 7 p.m. The Islanders meet the Panthers on NBC Sports network at 8 p.m. with Predators-Ducks in the nightcap.
The NBA closed its regular campaign Wednesday, with the postseason getting going Saturday. The action tips off at 12:30 p.m. on ESPN, with Pacers-Raptors.
Record-setting Golden State hosts Houston on ABC at 3:30 p.m., then it’s back to ESPN for Hawks-Celtics and the Thunder meeting the Mavericks.
The Cavaliers face the Pistons on ABC Sunday at 3 p.m. TNT has three more games Sunday, starting with Hornets against Heat at 5:30 p.m. The Spurs battle the Grizzlies at 8 p.m. and it’s Clippers-TrailBlazers at 10:30 p.m.
The Nationals meet the Braves Thursday at 4 p.m. on MASN, then head to Philadelphia for the weekend.
The Orioles visit Texas on MASN2 Thursday through Sunday.
There’s a doubleheader on FoxSports1 Saturday, with the Blue Jays visiting the Red Sox at 4 p.m. followed by Braves-Marlins. ESPN has the Giants and Dodgers Sunday at 8 p.m.
On the college diamond, Oklahoma faces TCU Friday at 8 p.m. on FoxSports1.
NBC Sports network offers the Notre Dame Blue-Gold game Saturday at 12:30 p.m. and ESPN has the Alabama spring game Saturday at 3 p.m.
ESPN2 has Arena Football between Portland and Philadelphia Sunday at 4 p.m.
Virginia hosts Duke in college lacrosse on ESPN2 Sunday at noon.
NASCAR visits Bristol for the weekend, with the Sprint Cup race Sunday at 1 p.m. on Fox. The Xfinity Series takes the track Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on FoxSports1.
NBC Sports network has the Chinese Grand Prix Sunday at 1:30 a.m. There’s qualifying Saturday at 3 a.m. and practice Friday at 2 a.m.
The IndyCar series has its Grand Prix of Long Beach Sunday at 4:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The PGA tour heads to Hilton Head for the Heritage Classic Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. on CBS.
Orlando City takes on New England Sunday at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN and Kansas City faces Dallas on FoxSports1 at 7 p.m.
Norwich City faces Sunderland on NBC Sports network Saturday at 7:40 a.m., followed by Manchester United-Aston Villa. Leicester City takes on West Ham United Sunday at 8:25 a.m. and it’s Arsenal against Crystal Palace at 10:55 a.m.
FoxSports1 has the Europa League quarterfinal contest between Liverpool and Dortmund Thursday at 3 p.m.
The WNBA holds its draft Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.
Georgia tangles with Tennessee in college softball Saturday at 1 p.m. on ESPN2, then it’s Texas-Oklahoma.
ESPN2 has the NCAA women’s bowling tournament final Sunday at 6:30 p.m.

 


A tradition unlike any other

No Tiger?
Maybe it’s a new Day at Augusta.
Jason Day, Jordan Speith and Rory McIlroy enter the weekend as top candidates to claim the green jacket. And don’t forget two-time winner Bubba Watson and three-time champ Phil Mickelson.
ESPN has the first two rounds Thursday and Friday at 3 p.m. CBS carries the weekend, with coverage Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
Then the winner puts on the green jacket as the sun sets on the weekend.
The Nationals open their home season Thursday at 4 p.m. against the Marlins on MASN. The series continues Saturday at 4 p.m. on MASN and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. on MASN2.
The Orioles close their series with the Twins Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN2, and meet Tampa Bay Friday on MASN, Saturday on MASN2 and Sunday afternoon on MASN.
FoxSports1 offers the Rangers against the Angels Thursday at 10 p.m. and Giants hosting the Dodgers Saturday at 4 p.m. The weekend closes with the Tigers taking on the Yankees Sunday at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
The Capitals prepare for the playoffs with contests against the Penguins Thursday at 7 p.m., Blues Saturday at 8 p.m. and Ducks Sunday at 7:30 p.m. on Comcast.
NBC has the Flyers against Penguins Saturday at 3 p.m.
NBC Sports network has the Red Wings against Bruins Thursday at 7 p.m. The Flyers face the Islanders Sunday at 7 p.m.
It’s Frozen Four weekend, with semifinals Thursday matching Boston College and Quinnipiac at 5 p.m. and Denver-North Dakota at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN2. ESPN has the finale Saturday at 8 p.m.
TNT brings the Bulls and Heat Thursday at 8 p.m., with Spurs-Warriors in the nightcap.
ABC offers the Bulls and Cavaliers Saturday at 8:30 p.m.
The Wizards visit the Pistons Friday at 7:30 p.m. on Comcast and host Charlotte Sunday at noon.
NASCAR heads to Texas for the weekend, with the Sprint Cup race Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on Fox. The Xfinity circuit goes Friday at 8:30 p.m. on FoxSports1.
In Arena Football, Arizona tangles with Los Angeles Saturday at 11 p.m. on ESPN2.
Kentucky meets LSU in college softball on ESPN Saturday at 3 p.m. and it’s Georgia-Missouri Saturday at 6 p.m. on ESPN2. Oklahoma battles Baylor on ESPN2 Sunday at 3 p.m.
Florida Atlantic faces Florida International Saturday at 1 p.m. on MASN2.
West Ham United battles Arsenal Saturday at 7:40 a.m. on NBC Sports network, followed by Swansea City-Chelsea. Sunderland plays Leicester City Sunday at 8:25 a.m. before Tottenham Hotspur takes on Manchester United.
Manchester City takes on West Albion Bromwich on NBC Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
Houston faces Seattle on ESPN Sunday at 4 p.m. FoxSports1 brings Chicago-New York FC at 7 p.m. and Portland meeting the Galaxy at 9:30 p.m.
There’s a women’s international friendly between the United States and Colombia Sunday at 2 p.m. on ESPN.
ESPN2 has tennis from the Volvo Open Friday and Saturday at 1 p.m., with the championship Sunday at 1 p.m.
NBC Sports network has the Wood Memorial Bluegrass Stakes Saturday at 5 p.m.