Stars on parade

While the best of the NHL gather this weekend, NFL stars of the present and future close out their gridiron seasons.
Tampa hosts the NHL All-Star game, with coverage Sunday at 3:30 p.m. on NBC. The recent format remains in place, with stars from the four divisions battling in semifinal matchups. The winners of the semifinals compete in the final period.
NBC Sports network has the NHL skills competition Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
The best NFL players – minus those on the two Super Bowl teams – match up Sunday in the Pro Bowl at 3 p.m. on ESPN and ABC. This year’s format matches AFC against NFC, with the game in Orlando for the second straight year.
The NFL network has the Senior Bowl from Mobile Saturday at 2:30 p.m. NFL scouts and coaches looking to supplement rosters and boost their 2018 postseason chances gather for the final on-field action before the runup to the NFL draft.
The Australian Open closes its run with the men’s final Sunday at 3:30 a.m. on ESPN. The women’s championship will be Saturday at 3:30 a.m., with a men’s semifinal Friday at 3:30 a.m.
The Wizards visit the Thunder Thursday at 8 p.m. on TNT, with Timberwolves-Warriors in the nightcap.
ESPN offers the Rockets against the Pelicans Friday at 8 p.m., and the Sixers’ trip to Oklahoma City Sunday at 6 p.m.
It’s Wizards-Hawks Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
The Celtics visit the Warriors Saturday at 8:30 p.m. on ABC.
On the college court, Michigan meets Purdue Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN. Wichita State hosts Central Florida on ESPN2 Thursday at 9 p.m., then BYU tangles with St. Mary’s at 11 p.m.
FoxSports1 offers Colorado-Arizona Thursday at 8:30 p.m. followed by California’s clash with UCLA.
Wisconsin tangles with Michigan State Friday at 8 p.m. on FoxSports1.
North Carolina meets North Carolina State Saturday at noon on CBS, then Virginia faces Duke at 2 p.m.
Fox brings Arizona-UCLA Saturday at 5:30 p.m.
There’s four contests between the SEC and Big 12 Saturday on ESPN, starting at noon with Baylor-Florida. Alabama takes on Oklahoma at 2:15 p.m., followed by Texas A&M against Kansas at 4:30 p.m. West Virginia tangles with Kentucky at 7 p.m.

ESPN2’s day starts at noon with Texas Tech-South Carolina. Clashes between the SEC and Big 12 continue at 2 p.m. with Mississippi against Texas followed by TCU taking on Vanderbilt and Oklahoma State’s contest with Arkansas. Virginia Tech tangles with Notre Dame at 8 p.m., and it’s Valparaiso against Illinois State at 10 p.m.

The ACC network has Syracuse-Pittsburgh and Miami’s contest with Florida State Saturday at 4 p.m., and Wake Forest battles Louisville at 8 p.m.
It’s St. John’s-Butler on FoxSports1 Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
Duquesne duels with Rhode Island Saturday at noon on NBC Sports network, followed by Massachusetts-Fordham.
Bowie State battles Virginia State Saturday at 4 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
Maryland meets Michigan State Sunday at 1 p.m. on CBS and Fox brings top-ranked Villanova against Marquette at 1 p.m.
Connecticut clashes with Temple on ESPN2 Sunday at 8 p.m.

On the women’s court, Texas takes on Baylor Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.
Kansas State battles Kansas on FoxSports1 Sunday at 5 p.m.
Notre Dame faces Florida State at 4 p.m. Sunday on ESPN2, then it’s Missouri-South Carolina at 6 p.m.
NBC Sports Washington has a pair of ACC contests Sunday, with Wake Forest-Louisville at 1 p.m. followed by North Carolina State against Clemson.
The Capitals visit the Panthers Thursday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
NBC Sports network has the Blackhawks’ clash with the Red Wings Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
The PGA tour visits Torrey Pines on CBS Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.
It’s X Games weekend, starting on ESPN Thursday at 10 p.m. Action continues Friday and Saturday at 10:30 p.m., closing with final events Sunday at 8:30 p.m.
In the FA Cup, Manchester United takes on Yeovil Town Friday at 2:30 p.m. on FoxSports1. Leicester City faces Peterborough Saturday at 7:20 a.m. and Tottenham takes on Newport City at 12:30 p.m.
Liverpool battles West Brom Sunday at 6 a.m. on FoxSports1 and Chelsea clashes with Newcastle at 8:30 a.m.
In the Bundesliga, Bayern Munich battles Hoffenheim Saturday at 9:25 a.m. on FoxSports1.
Fox carries the start of the 24 hours of Daytona Saturday at 2 p.m.
The Armory Invitational track and field meet is on NBC Sports network Saturday at 5 p.m.
NBC Sports network has women’s World Cup skiing Saturday and Sunday at 6 a.m.
There’s Big Bash League cricket between Brisbane and Melbourne Saturday at 3 a.m. on NBC Sports network.


Who’s going to Super Bowl LII?

Tom Brady has five Super Bowl rings.
The other three teams playing have none – combined.
The two teams competing for a ring at Super Bowl LII will be determined Sunday.
Brady and the Patriots will take on the Jacksonsville Jaguars at 3 p.m. on CBS in the AFC championship contest.
The Jaguars are making their second trip to the AFC title game in their 23 seasons. The Patriots have reached the conference final for the seventh straight year, after winning two of the last three contests.
Fox has the Vikings meeting the Eagles at 6:30 p.m. Minnesota hopes to return home to play in the big game in two weeks – something no Super Bowl host has done.
The Vikings lost four Super Bowls during the 70s, and Philadelphia has lost its two Super Bowl trips – the last against the Patriots in 2005.
For players trying to reach the NFL, FoxSports1 has the Collegiate Bowl Saturday at 4 p.m
The Sixers take on the Celtics Thursday at 8 p.m. on TNT, with Timberwolves-Rockets in the nightcap.
ESPN offers Wizards-Pistons Friday at 8 p.m., followed by the Knicks’ trip to Utah.
ABC gets into NBA coverage Saturday at 3:30 p.m. when the Thunder visit the Cavaliers. The Warriors meet the Rockets at 8:30 p.m.
Virginia battles Georgia Tech on the ACC network Thursday at 8 p.m., with other areas getting Wake Forest-North Carolina State.
St. Mary’s goes against Gonzaga on ESPN Thursday at 9 p.m. while ESPN2 has USC-Oregon Thursday at 9 p.m.
FoxSports1 brings Maryland-Minnesota Thursday at 8:30 p.m. UCLA takes on Oregon State at 11 p.m.
St. Bonaventure meets Davidson Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.
There’s a pair of Big Ten contests on FoxSports1 Friday, with Indiana-Michigan State at 7 p.m. then Illinois’ contest with Wisconsin.
There’s three contests on CBS Saturday, beginning at noon with Villanova-Connecticut. Texas takes on West Virginia at 2 followed by Arizona’s battle with Stanford.
Xavier clashes with Seton Hall on Fox Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
Duke tangles with Pittsburgh on the ACC network Saturday at 4 p.m.
ESPN starts its Saturday at noon with Purdue-Iowa. There’s an ACC matchup at 2 p.m., followed by Notre Dame against Clemson and Kansas’ clash with Baylor at 6 p.m. The GameDay crew catches Kentucky’s contest with Florida, with UCLA-Oregon in the nightcap at 10:15 p.m.
Virginia Tech hosts Florida State Saturday at noon on ESPN2. North Carolina takes on Georgia Tech at 2 p.m. before Missouri takes on Texas A&M. It’s Tennessee-South Carolina at 6 p.m.
There’s three Atlantic 10 games on NBC Sports network Saturday. George Washington meets VCU at 12:30 p.m., then it’s LaSalle-Richmond and George Mason’s contest with Duquesne.
Georgetown battles St. John’s on FoxSports1 Saturday at noon, then it’s Butler-DePaul.
American takes on Lafayette Saturday at 2 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington, followed by Fayetteville State-Livingstone.
Miami meets North Carolina State on the ACC network Sunday at noon along with Boston College-Louisville.
FoxSports1 has Marquette-Villanova Sunday at noon.
On the women’s court, Notre Dame takes on Tennessee Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN.
MASN2 has three Big 12 women’s contests Saturday. Oklahoma faces Oklahoma State at noon, then it’s Texas-Texas Tech at 4 p.m. Kansas State battles Baylor at 7 p.m.
Connecticut clashes with Temple Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN2. Tennessee tangle with Mississippi State at 3 p.m. followed by Florida State-Louisville.
Virginia tangles with Virginia Tech Sunday at 12:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
The Australian Open starts third round play Thursday at 11 p.m. on ESPN2. Coverage continues Friday at 9 p.m. on ESPN2, then Saturday at 9 p.m. with the round of 16 beginning Sunday at 9 p.m.
The Capitals visit the Devils Thursday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington. The Canadiens visit Friday at 7:30 p.m., and NBC carries the game with the Flyers Sunday at 12:30 p.m.
NBC Sports network offers Sabres-Rangers Thursday at 7:30 p.m. followed by the Penguins’ contest with the Kings. The Kings take on the Ducks Friday at 10 p.m.
On the college ice, Notre Dame faces Wisconsin Sunday at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
Minnesota State meets St. Cloud State Saturday at 6 p.m. on FoxSports1.
The United States women’s soccer team has an international friendly with Denmark Sunday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN.
Hertha Berlin duels with Dortmund in the Bundesliga Friday at 2:30 p.m. on FoxSports1. Hoffenheim meets Leverkusen Saturday at 9:30 a.m. and it’s Bayern Munich-Werder Bremen Sunday at 9:30 a.m.
Chelsea clashes with Brighton & Hove Albion Saturday at 7:25 a.m. on NBC Sports network, followed by Burnley-Manchester United. Southampton faces Tottenham Hotspur Sunday at 10:55 a.m.
NASCAR inducts its newest Hall of Fame class Friday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
NBC Sports network has the Pairs free skate at the European Figure Skating Championships Thursday at noon. It’s the men’s free program Friday at noon.
The Melbourne Stars meet the Sydney Thunder on NBC Sports network in Big Bash League cricket Saturday at 2 a.m.


The best football weekend of the year

The Patriots, Steelers, Vikings and Eagles are rested.
The Titans, Falcons, Jaguars and Saints have a postseason victory under their belts already.
Who’s going to advance in the race for Super Bowl LII?
The NFL postseason reaches the conference semifinals this weekend, starting Saturday at 4:30 p.m. when the top-seeded Eagles host the Falcons on NBC.
Atlanta, the only member of last year’s playoff field to make a return trip, ousted the Rams Saturday night.
CBS has the Saturday primetime matchup as the Patriots take on the Titans at 8:15 p.m. The Titans won a playoff game for the first time since 2003 on Saturday – a year they lost to the Patriots in this round’s primetime game.
The Steelers look to avenge a Week 5 loss when the Jaguars come to town Sunday at 1 p.m. on CBS.
Super Bowl host Minnesota battles the Saints on Fox at 4:30 p.m. in a rematch of the Monday Night Football opener. The Vikings posted a victory over the Saints that night, and stand two wins from being the first team to ever play in the Super Bowl at their home stadium.
The Australian Open starts its two week run Sunday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.
TNT offers the Cavaliers visit to Toronto Thursday at 8 p.m., followed by Spurs-Lakers.
The Warriors battle the Bucks Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPN, with Rockets-Suns in the nightcap. Sunday at 9 p.m., the TrailBlazers face the Timberwolves.
The Wizards host the Magic Friday at 7 p.m. and the Nets Saturday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
Clemson takes on North Carolina State Thursday at 9 p.m. on ESPN.
Maryland meets Ohio State at 7 p.m. on ESPN2, followed by Wichita State-East Carolina and Utah’s clash with UCLA at 11 p.m.
FoxSports1 offers Indiana-Iowa Thursday at 8 p.m. and Oregon’s contest at Arizona State at 10 p.m.
VCU meets Dayton on ESPN2 Friday at 7 p.m.
Butler battles Marquette on FoxSports1 Friday at 6:30 p.m. and Providence plays DePaul at 8:30 p.m.
Florida faces Mississippi on CBS Saturday at 1 p.m. and Indiana takes on Northwestern Sunday at 4:30 p.m.
Michigan meets Michigan State Saturday at noon on Fox, followed by Creighton-Xavier.
ACC Network has Duke-Wake Forest Saturday at noon, with Georgia Tech against Pittsburgh and Syracuse’s contest at Florida State at 2 p.m.
ESPN starts its day Saturday with Kansas State meeting Kansas at noon. West Virginia tangles with Texas Tech at 2 p.m., followed by Kentucky-Vanderbilt. The prime-time crew catches North Carolina against Notre Dame at 6 p.m.
There’s six games on ESPN2 Saturday, beginning at noon as Purdue meets Minnesota. It’s Oregon against Arizona at 2 p.m. followed by Virginia Tech-Louisville. Missouri clashes with Arkansas at 6 p.m., then Valparaiso battles Northern Iowa and San Diego State faces Boise State in the nightcap at 10 p.m.
Georgetown tangles with Seton Hall Saturday at noon on FoxSports1. Villanova takes on St. John’s at 8 p.m.
LaSalle duels with Duquesne Saturday at noon on NBC Sports network. It’s St. Louis-George Mason at 2 p.m. followed by George Washington’s trip to Richmond.
NBC Sports network has Davidson-Fordham Sunday at 3 p.m. and St. Joseph’s contest with Massachusetts at 5 p.m.
In boys high school basketball, Orlando Christian Prep meets Montverde Thursday at 5:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
ESPN has Chico Hills against Spartanburg Day Saturday at 8 p.m.
On the women’s court, ESPN offers a battle between second-ranked Notre Dame and third-ranked Louisville Thursday at 7 p.m.
Tennessee tangles with South Carolina Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN2, followed by Virginia-Duke.
There’s ACC women’s basketball Sunday at NBC Sports Washington, with North Carolina-Wake Forest at 12:30 p.m. followed by Virginia Tech against Florida State.
Baylor battles Oklahoma on FoxSports1 Sunday at 2 p.m.
NBC Sports Washington has the Capitals’ contest with Carolina Thursday at 7 p.m., with Friday’s clash at Carolina on NBC Sports Washington-plus at 7:30 p.m.
The Penguins host the Rangers on NBC Sports network Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
Chelsea clashes with Leicester City Saturday at 9:55 a.m. on NBC Sports network.
NBC has Tottenham Hotspur’s contest with Everton Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
Arsenal battles Bournemouth Sunday at 8:25 a.m. before Liverpool tangles with Manchester City on NBC Sports network.
In the Bundesliga, Leverkusen takes on Bayern Munich Friday at 2:30 p.m. on FoxSports1. Werder Breman battles Hoffenheim Saturday at 9:30 a.m. and Sunday at 9:30 a.m. it’s Koln against B M’gladbach followed by Dortmund-Wolfsburg at noon.
NBC Sports network has the Arena Pro Swim Series Friday at 7 p.m.
In Big Bash League Cricket, the Sydney Sixers take on the Sydney Thunder Saturday at 3 a.m. on NBC Sports network.


Frisco kids ride again

When we entered 2017, James Madison lofted the trophy in the Bowl Championship Series.
After a year without a loss, the Dukes return to Frisco seeking a repeat title.
James Madison faces North Dakota State Saturday at noon on ESPN2 in a rematch of last year’s semifinal. The Dukes upset the Bison at their stadium before ousting Youngstown State in the championship.
The Bison won five straight titles from 2011-2015 before James Madison claimed the 2016 crown.
The Bowl Championship Series crowns its champion Monday, as Georgia faces Alabama on ESPN at 8:30 p.m. The SEC foes knocked off top-seeded Clemson and second-seeded Oklahoma to ensure their league another title.
The NFL postseason gets underway Saturday at 4:30 p.m. when the Titans tangle with the Chiefs on ESPN.
The Falcons – last year’s NFC champion – take on the upstart Los Angeles Rams Saturday at 8:15 p.m. on NBC.
The Bills make their first playoff appearance of the 21st century on Sunday, meeting the Jaguars at 1 p.m. on CBS.
The weekend closes Sunday at 4:40 p.m. on Fox with an NFC South matchup between the Panthers and division champion Saints in New Orleans.
On the high school gridiron, ESPN2 has the Under Armour All-America Game Thursday at 6 p.m.
The Warriors visit the Rockets on TNT Thursday at 8 p.m., with Thunder-Clippers in the nightcap.
ESPN offers Timberwolves against the Celtics Friday at 7 p.m., then it’s the Wizards meeting Memphis at 9:30 p.m. NBC Sports Washington also has coverage Friday, along with Saturday’s game against Milwaukee at 8 p.m.
On the college court, Wichita State faces Houston Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN followed by Arizona-Utah.
Connecticut clashes with Temple Thursday at 9 p.m. on ESPN2.
Maryland meets Michigan State on FoxSports1 Thursday at 8 p.m. before UCLA takes on Stanford at 10 p.m.
Wisconsin faces Rutgers Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN then it’s Northern Kentucky against Oakland.
FoxSports1 has Northwestern-Penn State Friday at 8 p.m. and Oregon takes on Oregon State at 10 p.m.
Missouri meets Florida on CBS Saturday at 1 p.m. and it’s Michigan State-Ohio State Sunday at 4:30 p.m.
Fox offers Xavier against Providence Saturday at noon.
The ACC network brings Pittsburgh’s contest with Virginia Tech Saturday at noon along with Louisville-Clemson.
Virginia tangles with North Carolina Saturday at 1 p.m. on ESPN, with Duke-North Carolina State at 8 p.m.
Notre Dame meets Syracuse Saturday at 3:15 p.m. on ESPN2. It’s Indiana-Minnesota at 5:15 p.m., followed by a top 10 battle between Oklahoma and West Virginia. Kansas takes on TCU in the nightcap at 9:15 p.m.
Seton Hall battles Butler Saturday at 2:30 p.m. on FoxSports1 and Marquette meets Villanova at 8 p.m.
MASN2 has Big East basketball Saturday, starting with Creighton’s clash with Georgetown at noon. DePaul takes on St. John’s at 2 p.m.
Liberty hosts Presbyterian Saturday at 4 p.m. on MASN.
Massachusetts meets Dayton Saturday at noon on NBC Sports network, followed by VCU-LaSalle.
Cincinnati clashes with SMU Sunday at 6 p.m. on ESPN2 and FoxSports1 has Iowa-Maryland at 8 p.m. before Stanford faces Southern Cal.
NBC Sports network offers Davidson-George Mason Sunday at noon.
On the women’s court, NBC Sports Washington has North Carolina against Boston College Thursday at 7 p.m.
There’s three games on ESPN2 Sunday, starting at noon with Ohio State-Michigan. South Carolina meets Missouri at 2 p.m. and Stanford tangles with Arizona State at 4 p.m.
Texas Tech takes on TCU Sunday at 3 p.m. on MASN2.
The Capitals host the Blues Sunday at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
The Bruins battle the Penguins on NBC Sports network Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
On the college ice, it’s Notre Dame-Michigan Sunday at 3 p.m.
The United States Figure Skating championships has its women’s finals Friday at 8 p.m. on NBC. NBC Sports network has pairs short program Thursday at 5 p.m. and men’s short program at 8:30 p.m.
There’s the short dance program Friday at 4 p.m.
NBC Sports network has U.S. Olympic trials in speed skating Thursday at 6:30 p.m. There’s more speed skating Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 6 p.m., with mass start speed skating Sunday at 6 p.m.
Tottenham Hotspur takes on West Ham United Thursday at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports network. 
FoxSports1 brings Liverpool-Everton Friday at 2:30 p.m.
Leicester City takes on Fleetwood Town Saturday at 7:30 a.m. on FoxSports1, then it’s Manchester City-Burnley and Norwich City’s clash with Chelsea at 12:30 p.m.
The FA Cup continues Sunday at 9 a.m. with West Ham against Shrewsbury on FoxSports1 and Nottingham battles Arsenal at 11 a.m.
NBC Sports network has Alpine skiing Saturday and Sunday at 6 a.m. and women’s bobsled Saturday at 8:30 a.m.
There’s rugby between the Wasps and Saracens Sunday at 10 a.m. on NBC Sports network.