Let the stars shine

The best of the NHL head to Los Angeles this weekend.
The best of the NFL – except for the two Super Bowl teams – will be in Orlando.
The NHL All-Star game will be on NBC Sunday at 3:30 p.m., with a second straight year of division vs. division play. The winners of the first two periods will battle for the overall championship in the final 20 minutes.
NBC Sports network has the All-Star skills competition Saturday at 7 p.m.
The Capitals visit the Devils Thursday at 7 p.m. on Comcast before their stars head west. NBC Sports network has the Blues against the Wild Thursday at 8 p.m.
The NFL returns to its AFC vs. NFC format, but finds a new venue – Orlando. Kickoff will be Sunday at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
There will be a Skills Competition Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.
The Patriots and Falcons send their regrets. They’re getting ready for their trip to Houston.
The Australian Open closes its run with the women’s championship Saturday at 3 a.m. and men’s final Sunday at 3 a.m.
The men’s second semifinal will be Friday at 3:30 a.m. on ESPN.
Oklahoma City faces Dallas Thursday at 8 p.m. on TNT, with Lakers-Jazz as the nightcap.
The Rockets visit the 76ers Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
ABC’s Saturday primetime contest matches the Clippers and Warriors at 8:30 p.m. The Thunder visit the Cavaliers Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
Comcast has the Wizards’ trip to Atlanta Friday at 8 p.m. and New Orleans Sunday at 6 p.m.
Virginia Tech visits North Carolina Thursday at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
Xavier takes on Cincinnati on ESPN2 Thursday at 7 p.m. followed by Indiana-Michigan.
FoxSports1 has a pair of contests from the Pac-12 Thursday, with Oregon State-Colorado at 8:30 p.m. followed by Oregon against Utah.
Dayton tangles with VCU on ESPN2 Friday at 9 p.m.
CBS offers North Carolina-Miami Saturday at 1 p.m.
ESPN starts its day at noon with West Virginia facing Texas A&M at noon. The SEC/Big 12 challenge continues at 2 p.m. with Florida-Oklahoma and Texas against Georgia, capped by the 6:15 p.m. game between Kansas and Kentucky.
Florida State faces Syracuse at noon on ESPN2. The SEC/Big 12 matchups continue with Kansas State-Tennessee at 2 p.m., then Iowa State visits Vanderbilt and Baylor battles Mississippi at 6 p.m. Ohio State meets Iowa at 8 p.m. with Gonzaga-Pepperdine in the nightcap.
The ACC network has Duke’s trip to Wake Forest Saturday at 3 p.m. and Louisville hosts N.C. State Sunday at 1 p.m.
Creighton clashes with DePaul on FoxSports1 Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
Comcast carries four games on Saturday, starting at noon with Clemson-Pittsburgh. It’s off to the CAA at 2 p.m. with the College of Charleston against Drexel followed by UNC-Wilmington’s contest with William & Mary. Duquesne faces Richmond at 6 p.m.
Davidson meets Fordham on NBC Sports network Saturday at noon, followed by St. Bonaventure against Rhode Island.
Radford tangles with UNC-Asheville at noon on MASN and it’s Providence-Marquette on MASN2 at 2 p.m.
Virginia takes on Villanova on Fox Sunday at 1 p.m., followed by Washington-Arizona at 3:30 p.m.
Michigan meets Michigan State Sunday at 1 p.m. on CBS.
On the women’s court, FoxSports1 has DePaul against Creighton Friday at 8 p.m.
Kansas takes on Texas Tech at noon Saturday and it’s Oklahoma State-Kansas State at 4 p.m. on MASN2.
Comcast offers a pair of ACC contests Sunday, with Duke-Wake Forest at 1 p.m. followed by North Carolina State against North Carolina.
It’s Iowa-Maryland on ESPN2 Sunday at 2 p.m., with Baylor battling Oklahoma at 6:30 p.m.
Tiger Woods hits the course for the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. on CBS.
On the college ice, MASN brings Northeastern against UMass-Lowell at 6 p.m. Friday  followed by Bowling Green’s battle with Ferris State.
NBC Sports network has the New Balance indoor track meet Saturday at 4 p.m.
The United States takes on Serbia in an international friendly Sunday at 4 p.m. on ESPN2.
There’s men’s World Cup downhill skiing on NBC Sports network Saturday at 6 a.m.
It’s an X Games weekend on the ESPN family of networks. Action starts on ESPN Thursday at 10 p.m. and Friday at 10:30 p.m. ABC has coverage Saturday starting at 1 p.m., with ESPN taking over at 8:15 p.m. Sunday’s action gets going at noon on ESPN.


Who’s going to Super Bowl LI?

Don’t close the Georgia Dome just yet.
The Falcons will have a final home game after 25 years in the facility, hosting Green Bay in the NFC Championship game Sunday on Fox. Kickoff is scheduled for 3 p.m.
The Packers’ last-second field goal Sunday knocked off the top seeded Cowboys, giving Atlanta one more home game before its new stadium opens for next season.
The teams met in Week 8, with the Falcons taking a 33-32 win. It was the start of the Packers’ four-game midseason losing streak, but Green Bay carries a eight-game winning streak into Sunday’s contest.
The Patriots and Steelers continue their quest for Super Bowl records in the AFC championship at 6:30 p.m. on CBS.
The Patriots want to win their fifth Super Bowl with Tom Brady under center – looking to pass the Steelers’ Terry Bradshaw and 49ers’ Joe Montana – while the Steelers seek a record seventh victory.
New England won in Week 7 at Pittsburgh, but the Steelers bring a nine-game winning streak into this matchup.
The East-West Shrine Game will be on NFL network Saturday at 3 p.m. and  FoxSports1 has the Collegiate Bowl all-star contest Saturday at 4 p.m.
NBC has the United States Ice Skating championships this weekend, with women’s coverage Saturday at 8 p.m. and men’s Sunday at 4 p.m. There’s pairs free skate and pairs dance Saturday at 3 p.m., after the ladies short program Thursday at 9:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The Wizards visit the Knicks on TNT Thursday at 8 p.m., followed by Timberwolves-Clippers. Comcast has the Wizards’ contest with the Pistons Saturday at 6 p.m.
ESPN has the Warriors’ contest with the Rockets Friday at 8 p.m. and it’s Pacers-Lakers in the nightcap.
There’s NBA action Saturday on ABC, with the Cavaliers hosting the Spurs at 8:30 p.m.
Maryland meets Iowa Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN, then it’s Clemson against Louisville.
Connecticut clashes with SMU on ESPN2 Thursday at 7 p.m. before California takes on Oregon.
Liberty hosts Gardner-Webb on MASN Thursday at 7 p.m. and FoxSports1 has Arizona State-UCLA at 11 p.m.
The ACC network offers North Carolina-Boston College Saturday at noon. Virginia tangles with Georgia Tech at 2 p.m. while it’s Wake Forest-North Carolina State in other areas.
Top-ranked Villanova takes on Providence Saturday at noon on Fox.
CBS has three contests Saturday, starting with Florida-Vanderbilt at noon. Kansas tangles with Texas at 2 p.m. and it’s Arizona-UCLA at 4 p.m.
ESPN starts its day at noon with Syracuse-Notre Dame, followed by Louisville against Florida State. Michigan State tangles with Indiana at 4 p.m. and South Carolina meets Kentucky at 6 p.m. before the GameDay crew catches Miami and Duke at 8:15 p.m.
Georgia tangles with Texas A&M at noon on ESPN2, then it’s Oklahoma against Iowa State at 2 p.m. Auburn and Alabama clash at 4 p.m. before West Virginia travels to Kansas State.
DePaul battles Butler Saturday at 2 p.m. on FoxSports1.
Rhode Island meets Duquesne on NBC Sports network Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
Comcast offers High Point against Radford Saturday at noon, followed by Towson’s battle with Delaware.
Marshall meets Western Kentucky Saturday at 6 p.m. on MASN and it’s Liberty-Winthrop on MASN2 at 7 p.m.
CBS has Xavier against Georgetown Sunday at 2 p.m. and FoxSports1 offers Seton Hall’s contest with St. John’s at noon.
LaSalle visits VCU on NBC Sports network Sunday at 2 p.m.
On the women’s court, FoxSports1 has Georgetown-Xavier Friday at 8 p.m.
West Virginia hosts Baylor on MASN Saturday at 2 p.m.
Top-ranked Connecticut plays Tulane on ESPN2 Sunday at 1 p.m. Maryland meets Rutgers at 3 p.m. and it’s Vanderbilt-Tennessee at 5 p.m.
There’s three games on Comcast Sunday, starting with Virginia-Pittsburgh at 12:30 p.m. Miami meets Syracuse at 2:30 p.m. before George Mason travels to Richmond.
The Capitals travel to St. Louis Thursday at 8 p.m. on Comcast.
The Bruins meet the Blackhawks Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast and NBC offers the Rangers and Red Wings Sunday at 12:30 p.m.
On the college ice, Vermont clashes with Connecticut Friday at 6 p.m. on MASN followed by Bently-Sacred Heart.
NASCAR has its Hall of Fame induction ceremony Friday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
Liverpool faces Swansea City Saturday at 7:25 a.m. on NBC Sports network, then it’s Stoke City meeting Manchester United. NBC brings Manchester City against Tottenham Hotspur at 12:30 p.m.
Sunday brings Southampton-Leicester City at 6:55 a.m., followed by Arsenal-Burnley and Chelsea’s contest with Hull City at 11:25 a.m.
Third round play from the Australian Open goes on ESPN2 Thursday at 11 p.m. and Friday at 9 p.m. The round of 16 takes the court Saturday and Sunday at 9 p.m.


The best football weekend of the year

Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys have been the surprise story of the season.
Will their postseason be as good?
The Cowboys close the best NFL weekend of the year Sunday at 4:40 against the Packers on Fox. Dallas won the regular season matchup at Lambeau Field, during its 11-game winning streak en route to the top seed in the NFC.
The Falcons and Seahawks start the weekend Saturday at 4:30 p.m. on Fox in potentially the final game at the GeorgiaDome. The teams met in Seattle in October, with the Seahawks pulling out a two-point victory.
AFC top-seed New England hosts the Texans Saturday at 8 p.m. on CBS. The Patriots ousted Houston in the third week of the season, before Tom Brady returned from his suspension.
Sunday starts on NBC with Steelers visiting the Chiefs at 1 p.m. The Steelers won big in week four, but the Chiefs went 10-2 after the contest to claim the second seed in the AFC.
By Sunday night, there will be four left with hopes of making Super Bowl LI.
TNT offers Bulls-Knicks Thursday at 8 p.m. before the Pistons face the Warriors.
The Celtics battle the Hawks Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPN, with Pistons-Jazz in the nightcap. Sunday at 9 p.m., the Bulls take on the Grizzlies.
Comcast has the Wizards’ contest against the 76ers Saturday at 8 p.m.
Miami meets Notre Dame on ESPN Thursday at 7 p.m., followed by Cincinnati-SMU.
ESPN2 has Ohio State’s contest with Wisconsin Thursday at 7 p.m. with Arizona against Arizona State in the nightcap.
Washington tangles with California Thursday at 9 p.m. on FoxSports1 and UCLA faces Colorado at 11 p.m.
Comcast offers Clemson-Georgia Tech Thursday at 7 p.m.
Virginia meets Clemson on ACC network Saturday at noon followed by Notre Dame’s visit to Virginia Tech at 2 p.m.
Georgetown clashes with Connecticut Saturday at noon on Fox while CBS offers Texas A&M against Mississippi State at 1 p.m.
Duke has a trip to Louisville Saturday at noon on ESPN. Florida State faces North Carolina at 2 p.m., followed by Auburn-Kentucky.
ESPN2 has six contests on Saturday, starting at noon with Florida-Georgia. The Big 12 takes the stage with Kansas against Oklahoma State and West Virginia meeting Texas, then it’s Maryland-Illinois at 6 p.m. Wichita State takes on Illinois State at 8 p.m., with Saint Mary’s-Gonzaga in the nightcap.
NBC Sports network features the Atlantic 10 Saturday, with Richmond visiting St. Joseph’s at 12:30 p.m. followed by St. Louis-George Mason and Fordham’s contest with St. Bonaventure at 4:30 p.m.
Villanova battles St. John’s on FoxSports1 Saturday at noon, then it’s Xavier-Butler.
Pittsburgh plays Miami at noon Saturday on Comcast, followed by Northeastern-Towson and Boston College’s clash with Syracuse at 4 p.m.
MASN has Austin Peay’s contest with Southern Illinois Saturday at noon and Western Kentucky faces Middle Tennessee at 8 p.m.
Providence plays Seton Hall Saturday at noon on MASN2 then it’s DePaul-Marquette. Iowa State takes on TCU at 5:30 p.m.
On Sunday, Michigan State visits Ohio State on CBS at 1:30 p.m.
Massachusetts tangles with Rhode Island Sunday at 2:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network and it’s George Washington-LaSalle at 4:30 p.m.
There’s high school basketball between Hillcrest Academy and Westtown Saturday at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
FoxSports1 brings Big East women’s basketball between Georgetown and St. John’s Friday at 7 p.m. Sunday it’s Butler battling Marquette at 1 p.m.
Miami meets Louisville Sunday at 1:30 p.m. before Purdue takes on Ohio State on ESPN2.
The Capitals host the Blackhawks Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast and the Flyers Sunday at 12:30 p.m.
NBC Sports network has the Wild against the Canadiens Thursday at 8 p.m. and the Wild’s visit to Chicago Sunday at 7 p.m.
There’s a pair of college ice hockey games on MASN Friday, with Denver-Western Michigan at 6:30 p.m. followed by Omaha against Colorado College.
Tottenham Hotspur meets West Bromwich Albion Saturday at 7:25 a.m. on NBC Sports network, followed by Swansea City-Arsenal. Sunday at 8:25 p.m. it’s Manchester City facing Everton before Manchester United and Liverpool tangle.
There’s USA Swimming in Austin Saturday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
Action at the Australian Open starts Sunday at 7 p.m. with first round action on ESPN2.


Frisco kids

Two parts of the college football universe will crown their champions this weekend.
Alabama hopes for a repeat title.
James Madison made sure there wasn’t a repeat in their division.
Before Alabama and Clemson meet Monday for their division’s title, James Madison will try for its second national title Saturday at noon. The Dukes face Youngstown State from Frisco, Texas with coverage on ESPN2.
James Madison won the I-AA title in 2004, and ousted five-time defending champion North Dakota State in the semifinals. Youngstown State, which won four championships in the 1990s, needed a late touchdown to knock off Eastern Washington.
ESPN has the repeat matchup between Alabama and Clemson Monday at 8 p.m. from Tampa Bay. The Crimson Tide claimed the 2015 national championship with a 45-40 victory over the Tigers.
The NFL playoffs kick off Saturday at 4:30 p.m. at the site of Super Bowl LI. The Texans host the Raiders on ESPN in a rematch of a game played in Mexico City in November.
NBC has the Seahawks’ contest with the Lions Saturday at 8 p.m.
The Steelers host the Dolphins Sunday at 1 p.m. on CBS, with Giants-Packers closing the weekend on Fox at 4:30 p.m.
While those eight play, the Patriots, Cowboys, Falcons and Chiefs await next weekend.
The Thunder take on the Rockets on TNT Thursday at 8 p.m., with Lakers-Trail Blazers in the nightcap.
ESPN has the Knicks taking on the Bucks Friday at 8 p.m., then it’s Grizzlies against the Warriors at 10:30 p.m.
The Wizards take on the Timberwolves on Comcast Friday at 7 p.m. and battle the Bucks in Milwaukee Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
Ohio State battles Purdue on ESPN Thursday at 7 p.m., followed by California-UCLA.
Memphis clashes with Connecticut Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2 before Gonzaga goes against San Francisco.
FoxSports1 offers Arizona-Utah at 10 p.m. Thursday.
Dayton takes on Rhode Island Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2, with Oakland-Valparaiso in the nightcap.
Fox brings Georgetown-Butler Saturday at noon, while CBS has Texas A&M facing South Carolina at 1:30 p.m.
Penn State plays Michigan State Saturday at 1 p.m. on ESPN, with North Carolina against North Carolina State at 8 p.m.
ESPN2 has five contests Saturday, starting at 3:15 p.m. with Maryland-Michigan. Tennessee takes on Florida at 5:15 p.m., followed by Texas Tech-Kansas and Texas meeting Iowa State. It’s Nevada against New Mexico at 11:15 p.m.
Xavier takes on St. John’s on FoxSports1 Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and Sunday at 8 p.m. it’s UCLA-Stanford.
There’s three games from the A-10 Saturday on NBC Sports network Saturday, starting at 1 p.m. with Massachusetts-VCU. St. Joseph’s faces Fordham at 3 p.m. before George Mason takes on St. Bonaventure.
Comcast offers East Carolina-Temple Saturday at noon followed by Boston College-Duke.
Liberty meets Campbell on MASN Saturday at 2 p.m. MASN2 has Florida International-Florida Atlantic at 2 p.m.
Richmond meets George Washington Sunday at noon on NBC Sports network, then it’s Davidson against St. Louis at 2 p.m.
ESPN2 has three women’s contests Sunday. Temple takes on Tulane at 1 p.m., followed by Notre Dame-Miami and Washington faces UCLA at 5 p.m.
On FoxSports1, Villanova plays Providence at 2 p.m. and West Virginia hosts Oklahoma at 4 p.m.
The Capitals host Columbus Thursday at 7 p.m. on Comcast before visiting Ottawa Saturday at 7 p.m.
NBC Sports network offers Blackhawks-Sabres Thursday at 8:30 p.m. and Ducks’ contest with the Wild Sunday at 8 p.m.
MASN has college ice hockey between UMass-Lowell and New Hampshire Friday at 6 p.m., followed by Bemidji State against Bowling Green. Michigan Tech meets Notre Dame on NBC Sports network Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 7 p.m.
West Ham United clashes with Manchester City in the FA Cup Friday at 2:30 p.m. on FoxSports1. Three more contests are on Saturday, starting with Manchester United-Reading at 7:30 a.m. Wimbledon meets Sutton United before Arsenal tangles with Preston North End.
The third round of play continues Sunday with Liverpool-Plymouth Argyle at 8:30 a.m. and Aston Villa against Tottenham Hotspur at 11 a.m.
There’s rugby on NBC Sports network Friday at 2:30 p.m. between Newcastle and Bath. Saracens meets Exeter Saturday at 10 a.m. and it’s the Wasps against Leicester Sunday at 10 a.m.
NBC Sports network has the Audi Cup alpine skiing with women’s slalom racing Sunday at 6 a.m.