See you in Beijing

The Olympic flame goes out this weekend, awaiting the gathering for the summer games in Tokyo in two years.
There’s figure skating on NBC Thursday at 8 p.m., with bobsled and speed skating Friday at 8 p.m.
The figure skating gala highlights action on Saturday at 8 p.m., with the closing ceremony Sunday at 8 p.m.
NBC Sports network has figure skating Thursday at 7 p.m., with semifinals in men’s ice hockey Friday at 2 a.m. and 6:30 a.m.
There’s men’s cross-country skiing Friday at midnight on NBC Sports network, with the men’s ice hockey bronze medal game at 6:30 a.m. The women’s curling gold medal match will be Saturday at 7 p.m., with the men’s ice hockey gold medal game at 10:30 p.m.
NASCAR hits Atlanta for the weekend, with the Monster Series on Fox Sunday at 2 p.m. The Xfinity Series goes Saturday at 4:30 p.m. on FoxSports1.
MASN has preseason baseball between the Orioles and Rays Friday at 1 p.m.
The Wizards visit Cleveland Thursday at 8 p.m. on TNT, with Clippers-Warriors in the nightcap. The Wizards move back to NBC Sports Washington Friday at 7 p.m. to face the Hornets.
The Timberwolves take on the Rockets on ESPN Friday at 8 p.m. and the Lakers host the Mavericks at 10:30 p.m.
The Thunder visit the Warriors Saturday at 8:30 p.m. on ABC, with Spurs-Cavaliers Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
ESPN has the Wizards against the 76ers Sunday at 8 p.m.
On the college court, Cincinnati clashes with Connecticut Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN. Utah takes on UCLA at 9 p.m.
ESPN2 has Wisconsin’s contest with Northwestern at 7 p.m. Thursday followed by Gonzaga-San Diego.
Purdue takes on Illinois Thursday at 7 p.m. on FoxSports1 and it’s off to the PAC-12 for Arizona’s contest with Oregon State at 9 p.m. and Arizona State-Oregon at 11:30 p.m.
Radford takes on Liberty on MASN Thursday at 7 p.m.
Dayton faces Rhode Island on ESPN2 Friday at 7 p.m. and Western Michigan battles Ball State at 9 p.m.
Ohio State visits Indiana Friday at 8 p.m. on FoxSports1.
Virginia Tech hosts Louisville on CBS Saturday at 1 p.m.
Seton Hall battles St. John’s on Fox Saturday at 1 p.m. and Villanova clashes with Creighton at 2:30 p.m.
Maryland meets Michigan at noon Saturday on ESPN, then it’s Wichita State-SMU. The GameDay crew catches Kansas’ clash with Texas Tech at 4:15 p.m.
Duke hosts Syracuse at 6:15 p.m., followed by Missouri-Kentucky and Arizona against Oregon at 10:15 p.m.
ESPN2 starts its day at noon with Baylor’s battle with TCU. Illinois State meets Chicago State at 2 p.m. and Vanderbilt faces Texas A&M at 4 p.m. West Virginia tangles with Iowa State at 6 p.m. then it’s Gonzaga-BYU and Long Beach State against Cal State-Fullerton.
The ACC network offers Notre Dame-Wake Forest and Georgia Tech against Clemson Saturday at 3 p.m.
Liberty takes on High Point on MASN Saturday at noon, followed by Massachusetts-George Mason at 6 p.m.
Marquette meets DePaul on MASN2 Saturday at noon.
Boston College takes on Miami Saturday at 2 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
CBS brings Michigan State-Wisconsin Sunday at 1 p.m.
Memphis meets Connecticut on ESPN Sunday at 4 p.m. and FoxSports1 offers Minnesota-Purdue at 4 p.m.
MASN has a pair of women’s games Saturday, with Kansas-Kansas State at 4 p.m. and Iowa State’s contest with Texas at 6 p.m.
ESPN2 offers Ohio State-Penn State Sunday at noon, then North Carolina State takes on Notre Dame at 2 p.m. and South Carolina tangles with Tennessee at 4 p.m.
Creighton clashes with Villanova on FoxSports1 Sunday at 2 p.m.
There’s ACC action on NBC Sports Washington, with Georgia Tech-Florida State at 1 p.m. followed by Virginia’s contest with Wake Forest.
There’s PGA tour coverage on CBS Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
NBC Sports Washington has the Capitals’ contest with the Panthers Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and Sabres Saturday at 7 p.m.
The Blues face the Predators Sunday at noon on NBC.
FoxSports1 has Europa League action between Madrid and Copenhagen Thursday at 1 p.m. followed by Arsenal against Ostersunds.
Arsenal takes on Manchester City Sunday at 11:25 a.m. in the Carabao Cup Final on ESPN.
In the Bundesliga, Leverkusen meets Schalke on FoxSports1 Sunday at 9:30 a.m.


Let’s go racing boys

Dale Jr. is gone, and it’s Danica’s last ride as NASCAR gathers to begin the campaign.
The flag drops on the Daytona 500 Sunday at 2:30 p.m. on Fox.
Ryan Bowman has the pole while driving the 88 car that belonged to Dale Earnhardt Jr. before his retirement. Denny Hamlin has the second spot on the front row.
The Xfinity Series opener is Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and the Truck Series kicks off its season on FoxSports1 Friday at 7:30 p.m.
The Twin 125s go Thursday on FoxSports1 starting at 7 p.m.
Olympics coverage continues on NBC Thursday at 8 p.m. with figure skating and snowboarding. There’s more primetime coverage Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 8 p.m.
NBC Sports network has live action Thursday night starting at 7 p.m. with figure skating and cross-country skiing.
There’s men’s ice hockey Friday at 7:10 a.m., and Canada faces the Czech Republic at 10:20 p.m. Action continues Saturday night with men’s freestyle skiing and ice hockey between Germany and Norway at 10:20 p.m.
There’s ice hockey and bobsled racing Sunday at 7:10 a.m., and figure skating Sunday at 7 p.m.
It’s NBA All-Star weekend, with the best gathering Sunday at 8:20 p.m. on TNT.  ESPN brings the All-Star Celebrity Game Friday at 7 p.m., with the rising stars meeting Friday at 9 p.m. on TNT. The slam dunk and other skills competitions go Saturday at 8 p.m.
The Lakers visit the Timberwolves Thursday at 9 p.m. on TNT.
Purdue battles Wisconsin Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN, followed by Arizona-Arizona State.
Wichita State takes on Temple at 7 p.m. Thursday on ESPN2, then it’s Oregon against Southern Cal.
FoxSports1 brings Oregon State-UCLA Thursday at 11 p.m.
Rhode Island faces St. Bonaventure Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2 and Georgia State goes against Georgia Southern at 9 p.m.
Syracuse meets Miami Saturday at noon on CBS, followed by Alabama-Kentucky.
Butler battles Providence on Fox Saturday at noon and Michigan States meets Northwestern at 2 p.m. It’s a top-five battle between Villanova and Xavier at 4:30 p.m.
ESPN starts its day at noon with Texas-Oklahoma. Indiana battles Iowa at 2 p.m. and Arkansas takes on Texas A&M at 4 p.m. The GameDay crew catches Kansas against West Virginia at 6:15 p.m., followed by North Carolina-Louisville and Oregon’s contest with UCLA in the nightcap.
Virginia Tech tangles with Georgia Tech on ESPN2 Saturday at noon. It’s off to the SEC at 2 p.m. as Missouri meets LSU and Florida faces Vanderbilt at 4 p.m.  Northern Iowa battles Illinois State at 6 p.m., with Oklahoma State taking on TCU at 8 p.m. and Utah meeting Washington State at 10 p.m.
The ACC network offers Boston College-Notre Dame Saturday at 4 p.m. along with Wake Forest against North Carolina State.
Winston Salem State takes on Fayetteville State Saturday at 4 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
Oregon State visits Southern Cal Saturday at 11 p.m. on FoxSports1.
Ohio State tangles with Michigan Sunday at 1 p.m. on CBS while FoxSports1 brings Seton Hall-DePaul at 1 p.m.
ESPN has Wichita State’s clash with Connecticut Sunday at 4 p.m.
Duke travels to Clemson Sunday at 1 p.m. on the ACC network.
There’s three women’s games on ESPN2 Sunday. Purdue takes on Ohio State at 1 p.m., followed by Tulane-Memphis and Texas A&M meeting Mississippi State.
The Capitals visit the Wild Thursday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington and the Blackhawks Saturday at 8:30 p.m.
Columbus clashes with the Flyers Friday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington, with the Stars taking on the Sharks Sunday at 8 p.m.
The Flyers face the Rangers on NBC Sunday at noon.
NBC brings three contests from the Premier League Saturday, starting at 7:30 a.m. with Leicester City against Stoke City. Liverpool faces West Ham United at 10 a.m. and Everton battles Watford at 12:30 p.m.
The U.S. Indoor Track and Field Championships will be on NBC Sports network Saturday at 5:30 p.m. and Sunday at 5 p.m.
ESPN has the Pro Bowlers’ 60th anniversary classic Sunday at 1 p.m.


Let the Games begin

There’s a Far East flair in the next three Olympics, starting this weekend in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
NBC has coverage of the Games, starting Thursday at 8 p.m. with coverage of figure skating. The Opening Ceremonies will be broadcast Friday at 8 p.m.
The next Summer Olympics will be in Tokyo in 2020, with Beijing hosting the 2022 Winter Olympics.
NBC has coverage Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., with other coverage on different NBC platforms throughout the next two weeks.
NBC Sports network has curling and skiing Thursday at 8 p.m., with mixed doubles curling between the United States and South Korea at 11:35 p.m.\
Coverage continues on NBC Sports network Saturday at 2 a.m., and there’s live snowboarding Saturday at 7 p.m.
The United States’ women’s ice hockey team plays Finland Sunday at 2:40 a.m. There’s more snowboarding and curling Sunday at 8 a.m.
NASCAR gears up for the season with qualifying Sunday at noon on Fox and the Clash on FoxSports1 at 3 p.m.
TNT offers the Celtics against the Wizards Thursday at 8 p.m., with Thunder-Lakers in the nightcap.
The Wizards visit the Bulls Saturday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
The Clippers host the Pistons Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN, followed by Timberwolves-Bulls.
ABC has the Spurs against the Warriors Saturday at 8:30 p.m., with Celtics-Cavaliers Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
Duke and North Carolina battle Thursday at 8 p.m. on ESPN and the ACC network.
ESPN carries Arizona against UCLA at 10 p.m., while ESPN2 has three contests. Georgia Tech faces Louisville at 7 p.m., followed by SMU-Houston and Arizona State’s contest with Southern Cal at 11 p.m.
Stanford visits Utah on FoxSports1 Thursday at 8 p.m. then Washington travels to Oregon.
Davidson takes on Rhode Island Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2 then Detroit faces Oakland. Minnesota meets Indiana on FoxSports1 Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Florida faces South Carolina on CBS Saturday at noon, followed by Baylor’s battle with Kansas.
Top-ranked Villanova takes on Butler Saturday at noon on Fox and Xavier clashes with Creighton at 2:30 p.m.
Virginia hosts the College GameDay crew Saturday at 11 a.m. on ESPN, then plays Virginia Tech at 6:15 p.m.
West Virginia faces Oklahoma State at noon, followed by Oklahoma-Iowa State and Purdue’s contest with Michigan State. After the Virginia game, Kentucky plays Texas A&M at 8:15 p.m. and USC meets Arizona in the nightcap.
ESPN2 starts its day at noon with Northwestern-Maryland. Mississippi State meets Missouri at 2 p.m., then it’s Florida State-Notre Dame and Connecticut’s clash with Wichita State. San Diego State takes on Nevada at 8 p.m. and it’s Gonzaga-St. Mary’s at 10 p.m.
The ACC network offers North Carolina against North Carolina State at 2 p.m. Saturday.
Miami meets Boston College on NBC Sports Washington Saturday at 2 p.m., followed by Virginia Union-Bowie State.
Liberty hosts Gardner-Webb Saturday at 7 p.m. on MASN.
Marquette meets St. John’s Saturday at noon on MASN2, with DePaul-Providence at 4 p.m. Creighton clashes with Xavier at 9 p.m.
Michigan meets Wisconsin on CBS Sunday at 1 p.m.
Louisville visits Pitt Sunday at 1 p.m. on the ACC network, with some areas getting Wake Forest-Syracuse.
Cincinnati takes on SMU Sunday at 4 p.m. on ESPN before Duke meets Georgia Tech at 6 p.m.
In high school hoops, Greensboro Day meets Spartanburg Day Thursday at 5:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
On the women’s court, ESPN2 has three contest Sunday. Michigan meets Michigan State at noon, with Ohio State-South Florida at 2 p.m. and Florida State meets Miami at 4 p.m.
The PGA tour visits Pebble Beach, with coverage on CBS Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.
The Capitals host Columbus Friday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington and Detroit comes to town Sunday at 3 p.m. The Ducks and Sharks clash at 8 p.m.
NBC has the Penguins and Blues Sunday at noon.
On the college ice, Notre Dame hosts Ohio State Friday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
In the Bundesliga, Stuttgart battles M’gladbach Sunday at 9:30 a.m.
NBC Sports network has the Track & Field Indoor Championships Saturday at 5 p.m.


LII

In 2004, Justin Timberlake did the halftime show and Tom Brady’s team won.
Will history repeat in Timberlake’s return to halftime?
Brady and the New England Patriots go for their sixth overall Super Bowl title since 2001 Sunday in Super Bowl LII against the Philadelphia Eagles. Kickoff is after 6 p.m. on NBC, with plenty of pre-game coverage all weekend.
The Eagles and Patriots battled before in Super Bowl XXXIX, with the Patriots claiming their third championship in four years.
A win Sunday will make it another three titles in four seasons for New England.
Before the big game, NBC carries the NFL honors show Saturday at 9 p.m.
TNT offers the Rockets against the Spurs Thursday at 8 p.m., with Thunder-Nuggets in the nightcap.
The Wizards host the Raptors on NBC Sports Washington Thursday at 7 p.m. and visit Orlando Saturday at 7 p.m.
Miami meets the Sixers Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPN, followed by Warriors-Kings.
ABC has the Rockets’ game with the Cavaliers Saturday at 8:30 p.m., and the Lakers meet the Thunder Sunday at 2 p.m.
Wichita State tangles with Temple Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.
Top-ranked Villanova hosts Creighton on FoxSports1 Thursday at 6:30 p.m., followed by Northwestern-Wisconsin and Oregon State’s contest with Stanford at 11 p.m.
Liberty takes on Winthrop Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN.
ESPN2 brings Rhode Island-VCU Friday at 7 p.m. and Colorado clashes with Utah at 9 p.m. on FoxSports1.
CBS offers Oklahoma State-Kansas Saturday at noon, followed by Kentucky against Missouri.
Duke duels with St. John’s on Fox Saturday at noon and Minnesota faces Michigan at 2:30 p.m. It’s Oregon against Stanford at 5 p.m.
Virginia visits Syracuse Saturday at 4 p.m. on the ACC network, with some areas showing Florida State-Louisville. Pittsburgh plays North Carolina at 8 p.m.
ESPN starts Saturday in the ACC, with Notre Dame-North Carolina State at noon before Virginia Tech hosts Miami. Florida faces Alabama at 4 p.m., with the GameDay crew catching Oklahoma against Texas at 6:15 p.m. Michigan State meets Indiana at 8:15 p.m.
Connecticut clashes with Cincinnati Saturday at noon on ESPN2. It’s South Carolina-Texas A&M at 2 p.m., followed by West Virginia against Kansas State and USC takes on UCLA at 6 p.m. Baylor battles Iowa State at 8 p.m. before BYU faces Gonzaga.
DePaul battles Butler on FoxSports1 Saturday at noon, then it’s Providence-Marquette.
George Mason takes on Richmond on NBC Sports network Saturday at 4:30 p.m., then St. Bonaventure battles Duquesne.
Clemson clashes with Wake Forest on NBC Sports Washington Saturday at 2 p.m. followed by Davidson-George Washington.
Fox brings Villanova-Seton Hall Sunday at noon and Maryland meets Wisconsin on CBS at 1 p.m.
Illinois faces Ohio State on FoxSports1 Sunday at noon.
On the women’s court, Connecticut clashes with South Carolina Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN.
MASN2 offers Creighton-DePaul Friday at 8 p.m.
ESPN2 has Duke-Notre Dame Sunday at 1 p.m. followed by Stanford-Oregon.
The Capitals visit the Penguins Friday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington, and host the Golden Knights Sunday at 12:30 p.m.
NBC Sports network offers the Kings’ visit to Nashville Thursday at 8:30 p.m. The Golden Knights tangle with the Wild Friday at 8 p.m.
Burnley battles Manchester City Saturday at 7:25 a.m. on NBC Sports network, followed by Manchester United-Huddersfield Town. NBC has Arsenal-Everton Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
Crystal Palace clashes with Newcastle United Sunday at 9:10 a.m. and Liverpool faces Tottenham Hotspur at 11:25 a.m.
In the Bundesliga, Koln clashes with Dortmund Friday at 2:30 p.m. on FoxSports1. Bayern Munich battles FSV Mainz Saturday at 9 a.m. and it’s Augsburg-Eintracht Sunday at 9 a.m.
The PGA tour gathers in Phoenix this weekend, with coverage on CBS Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.