With the first pick…

Two weeks ago, the NFL announced the preseason schedule.
Last week, the regular season schedule came out.
This weekend, you’ll find out some of the players you’ll be cheering on your team this season.
ESPN and NFL network have the first round of the NFL draft – visiting Philadelphia this year – Thursday at 8 p.m.
The second round gets going Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN, moving to ESPN2 at 8 p.m. ESPN has the final four rounds starting at noon Saturday.
Then on Sunday, Mel Kiper Jr. can rest.
The NBA closes out its first round playoff series this weekend. TNT has a pair of contests Thursday, with the Bucks facing the Raptors at 7 p.m. followed by Spurs-Grizzlies.
The Wizards try to win their series Friday at 7:30 p.m. on Comcast, then ESPN shows Celtics-Bulls at 8 p.m. with Clippers against Jazz in the nightcap.
Weekend games depend on the results of those contests, with the Rockets, Warriors and Cavaliers awaiting their second round opponents.
It’s time for the conference semifinals in the NHL playoff chase. The Capitals open their series with the Penguins Thursday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network, while the Rangers battle the Senators on CNBC at 7 p.m.
The Western Conference has its second game of the series Friday, with the Predators visiting the Blues at 8 p.m. followed by Oilers-Ducks.
NBC has the Senators against Rangers Saturday at 3 p.m., with the Capitals hosting the Penguins at 8 p.m.
The Predators face the Blues Sunday at 3 p.m. on NBC, then it’s Game 3 between the Ducks and Oilers at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The Orioles tangle with the Yankees on MASN, with games Friday night then Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m.
The Nationals close out their series in Colorado Thursday at 3 p.m. on MASN, then host the Mets on MASN2 for the weekend.
The Cubs visit Fenway Park Saturday at 4 p.m. on FoxSports1 and Sunday night on ESPN. FoxSports1 also has Angels-Rangers Saturday at 7:15 p.m.
On the college diamond, LSU faces Alabama Thursday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN2. TCU takes on Texas Tech Sunday at 3 p.m. on ESPN2.
The PGA tour heads to New Orleans Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. on CBS.
Richmond hosts NASCAR this weekend, with the Monster Series on Fox Sunday at 2 p.m. after the Xfinity race Saturday at 1 p.m. on FoxSports1.
NBC Sports network has the Russian Grand Prix Sunday at 7:30 a.m. There’s practice Friday at 8 a.m.
The IndyCar circuit visit Phoenix Saturday at 9:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
Manchester City meets Manchester United Thursday at 2:55 p.m. on NBC Sports network. Hull City battles Southampton Saturday at 9:55 a.m. and Arsenal meets Tottenham Hotspur Sunday at 11:25 a.m.
D.C. United takes on Atlanta Sunday at 3 p.m. on FoxSports1.
Comcast has the ACC women’s lacrosse tournament championship Sunday at 1 p.m.
The Penn Relays are on NBC Sports network Friday at 5:30 p.m. and Saturday at 12:30 p.m. The Drake Relays follow Saturday at 3 p.m.
It’s rugby on NBC Sports network Sunday at 2:30 p.m. with Bath meeting Gloucester.

Missouri meets LSU in college softball on ESPN Sunday at 3 p.m. Top-ranked Florida takes on Tennessee on ESPN2 at 1 p.m. Sunday.


Springtime at Thunder Valley

Fresh off their Easter break, NASCAR drivers are planning another big contest at a small track.
Fox has coverage of the Food City 500 Sunday at 2 p.m. after the Xfinity Series goes on FoxSports1 Saturday at 1 p.m.
Kyle Larson has the points lead early in the season, but only one win compared to two by Brad Keslowski.
The NBA postseason continues Thursday on TNT, with the Pacers hosting the Cavaliers at 7 p.m. followed by Spurs-Grizzlies.
The Bulls battle the Celtics on ESPN Friday at 7 p.m. and Houston travels to Oklahoma City at 9:30 p.m. The night closes on ESPN2 at 10 p.m. with the Clippers taking on the Jazz.
There’s four games on Saturday, starting at 3 p.m. on TNT with Bucks-Raptors. The Wizards visit the Hawks at 5:30 p.m. on TNT and Comcast, then action moves to ESPN for Spurs against Grizzlies at 8 p.m. and Trail Blazers clashing with the Warriors in the nightcap.
ABC has a pair of contests Sunday afternoon, with Pacers-Cavaliers at 1 p.m. and the Thunder meeting the Rockets at 3:30 p.m. TNT takes over at 6:30 p.m. with the Bulls battling the Celtics followed by Clippers against Jazz.
The chase for the Stanley Cup continues Thursday at 7 p.m. on USA with the Rangers meeting the Canadiens. NBC Sports network has Game 4 between the Predators and Blackhawks, followed by Sharks-Oilers.
Comcast has the Capitals’ return home for Game 5 Friday at 7 p.m., with national coverage on NBC Sports network. USA carries Bruins-Senators at 7:30 p.m.
The weekend’s schedule depends on results the next two days.
The Orioles close out their series against the Reds Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN, then host the Red Sox for the weekend. There’s coverage on MASN2 Friday and Saturday, moving to MASN Sunday afternoon.
The Nationals take on the Braves Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN2, then met the Mets on MASN Friday and Saturday. Saturday’s game is also on FoxSports1, and Sunday’s series finale will be on ESPN at 8 p.m.
On the college diamond, Florida faces South Carolina Saturday at noon on ESPN2.
CBS offers the PGA tour stop in Texas Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
Burnley battles Manchester United Sunday at 9:10 a.m. on NBC Sports network, followed by Liverpool-Crystal Palace.
Foxsports1 has Europa League play between Manchester United and Anderlecht Thursday at 3 p.m. and the FA Cup semifinal matching Manchester City and Arsenal Sunday at 10 a.m.
Orlando City meets New York City in MLS action Sunday at 1:30 p.m. on FoxSports1, then the Galaxy take on Seattle Sunday at 4 p.m. on ESPN.
NBC Sports network offers the Indy Car Alabama Grand Prix Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
It’s spring football time at Notre Dame, with NBC Sports network covering the Blue-Gold game Saturday at 12:30 p.m. ESPN has the Alabama contest Saturday at 3 p.m.
There’s three college softball games on ESPN2 Saturday, starting at 3 p.m. with Baylor-Oklahoma. Arizona tangles with Oregon at 5 p.m. followed by Texas A&M against Georgia. Action continues Sunday at 1 p.m. with Baylor facing Oklahoma before another matchup between Oregon and Arizona at 3 p.m.


Will titles come to Washington?

The Washington Capitals earned the most points this NHL season.
The Washington Wizards won their first division championship since the Carter administration.
Will either survive until June?
The NHL playoffs began Wednesday, and the NBA tips off this weekend with 16 teams in each league vying for the title.
The Capitals begin their quest Thursday at 7 p.m. against the Maple Leafs on Comcast and USA. Game 2 is Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast and NBC Sports network.
NBC Sports network has a pair of contests Thursday, with the Blackhawks hosting the Predators at 8 p.m. followed by Flames-Ducks.
It’s Game 2 between the Rangers and Canadiens Friday at 7 p.m. on USA. The Wild take on the Blues Friday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network with Sharks-Oilers in the nightcap.
NBC brings two games Saturday. The Bruins battle Ottawa at 3 p.m. and there’s a primetime meeting between the Predators and Blackhawks. The Flames face the Ducks to close out the night on NBC Sports network.
The Wild and Blues meet in Game 3 of their series Sunday at 3 p.m. on NBC. CNBC offers Penguins-Blue Jackets at 6 p.m. with NBC Sports network showing Canadiens against Rangers at 7 p.m. and Oilers clashing with the Sharks at 10 p.m.
NBA action begins Saturday at 3 p.m. on ABC with the Cavaliers hosting the Pacers. ESPN takes over with three more contests, as the Bucks face the Raptors at 5:30 p.m. followed by Grizzlies-Spurs and Jazz against the Clippers.
The Wizards tangle with the Hawks at 1 p.m. on TNT and Comcast. ABC brings the Warriors’ contest with the Trail Blazers at 3:30 p.m., then it’s back to TNT for Bulls-Celtics at 6:30 p.m. and the Thunder meet the Rockets at 9 p.m.
The Orioles start a four-game set in Toronto Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN. Friday’s game will be on MASN2 at 7 p.m., with coverage on MASN Saturday and Sunday.
The Nationals host the Phillies Friday at 4 p.m. on MASN, with games Saturday and Sunday on MASN2.
The Indians host the Tigers Saturday at 4 p.m. on FoxSports1 and the weekend concludes with the Cardinals’ visit to Yankee Stadium Sunday at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
On the college diamond, Seton Hall tangles with Xavier Thursday at 8 p.m. on FoxSports1 and it’s Oklahoma State-Kansas Friday at 8 p.m. Florida faces Vanderbilt Saturday at 3 p.m. on ESPN2.
The PGA tour visits Hilton Head Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. on CBS.
FoxSports1 has Europa League action between Manchester United and Anderlecht Thursday at 3 p.m.
ESPN offers MLS soccer between Philadelphia and New York City FC Friday at 7 p.m. and Orlando City hosts the Galaxy Saturday at 2:30 p.m. on Fox.
Tottenham Hotspur takes on AFC Bournemouth Saturday at 7:25 a.m. on NBC Sports network, then Crystal Palace clashes with Leicester City. West Bromwich Albion meets Liverpool Sunday at 8:25 a.m. followed by Manchester United-Chelsea.
It’s Manchester City against Southampton Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on NBC.
The WNBA holds its draft Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.
The NCAA women’s gymnastics championships will be Friday at 9 p.m. on ESPN after the semifinals Friday at 1 p.m. on ESPN2.
There’s rugby between the Harlequins and Exeter Friday at 2:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network and Leicester faces Newcastle Saturday at 2 p.m.
Missouri meets Alabama in college softball Sunday at 3 p.m. on ESPN2.


A tradition unlike any other

It’s the weekend of the year to watch golf.
From the honorary starters Thursday morning to the green jacket presentation in the fading light of Sunday, the tradition of the Masters returns to the screen.
Jack Nicklaus and Gary Palmer are scheduled to open the contest before 8 a.m. Thursday.
ESPN has early round action Thursday and Friday at 3 p.m.
CBS takes over the weekend, with coverage starting Saturday at 3 p.m. and the final round Sunday at 2 p.m.
Rainy weather hit the course Monday and forced cancellation of the par-3 contest Wednesday. But the weather looks good for a weekend of watching.
The Nationals host the Marlins Thursday on MASN and visit Philadelphia for the weekend. Friday afternoon’s contest will be on MASN, with games Saturday and Sunday on MASN2.
The Orioles close out the first week of the season with the Yankees in town, with Friday’s game on MASN2  and contests Saturday and Sunday on MASN. FoxSports1 also carries Saturday’s game.
The Marlins meet the Mets Sunday at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
On the college diamond, Oklahoma takes on Texas Friday at 8 p.m. on FoxSports1.
Vanderbilt faces South Carolina Saturday at noon on ESPN2.
TNT offers the Celtics’ visit to the Hawks Thursday at 8 p.m., followed by Timberwolves against the Trail Blazers.
The Spurs battle the Clippers on ABC Saturday at 8:30 p.m.
Comcast has the Wizards’ contest with the Knicks Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and the meeting with the Heat Saturday at 7 p.m.
It’s Frozen Four weekend, with Harvard against Minnesota-Duluth Thursday at 6 p.m. and Notre Dame taking on Denver at 9:30 p.m. on ESPN2. Winners advance to the championship game Saturday at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
The Capitals close the regular season against the Panthers Sunday at 7 p.m. on Comcast after playing the Bruins Saturday at 3 p.m.
The Bruins battle the Senators Thursday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports network, followed by Blackhawks-Ducks.
It’s Lightning-Canadiens Friday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
NASCAR visits Texas for the weekend, with the Monster Series Sunday at 1:30 p.m. on Fox. The Xfinity Series goes Saturday at 1:30 p.m. on Fox.
NBC Sports network brings the Chinese Grand Prix Sunday at 1:30 a.m. There’s qualifying Saturday at 3 p.m. before practice Friday at 2 a.m.
The Grand Prix of Long Beach takes to the streets Sunday at 4:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network. There’s practice Friday at 5 p.m.
For a different kind of horsepower, NBC Sports network has the Wood Memorial Saturday at 5:30 p.m.
Tottenham Hotspur takes on Watford Saturday at 7:25 a.m. on NBC Sports network, then it’s Manchester City meeting Hull City. Sunderland battles Manchester United Sunday at 8:25 a.m. and Everton takes on Leicester City.
NBC brings Chelsea’s clash with Bournemouth Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
The United States faces Russia in an international friendly Sunday at 2 p.m. on ESPN in men’s soccer. The women’s team faces Russia Thursday at 8:30 p.m. on FoxSports1.
Orlando meets the Red Bulls Sunday at 4 p.m. on ESPN followed by Sporting KC against Colorado on FoxSports1 at 7 p.m.
ESPN offers the Florida State spring football game Saturday at 3 p.m.
Villanova faces Denver in college lacrosse Sunday at 2 p.m. on FoxSports1.
It’s LSU-Alabama in college softball Sunday at 3 p.m. on ESPN2, followed by UCLA against Oregon.
NBC Sports network has rugby between Sale and Worcester Friday at 2:30 p.m.