Watchdog sabbatical

It’s been nine years since I began Weekend Watchdog on my site, moving to WordPress in 2011.
I’m going to take a few months off to refresh.
But the sports will go on.
The Orioles and Nationals will fill the evening schedule on MASN most nights.
ESPN has the Sunday night window, and Fox will be airing games on the Saturdays prior to the All-Star game. Washington will host the gathering of the best on July 17.
The postseason begins in the NBA and NHL this weekend, with 16 teams in each league battling for the crown. ABC has the NBA Finals in early June while NBC and NBC Sports network carry the Stanley Cup Final.
The NFL draft moves to Fox after years on ESPN, with the Cowboys hosting the action. The preseason schedule starts August 2 when the Ravens meet the Bears.
NASCAR continues on Fox and FoxSports1 through June, moving to NBC and NBC Sports network with the July 1 race at Chicagoland.
The IndyCar circuit gears up for its big race Memorial Day weekend, before hitting several Midwest venues for the summer.
With the Masters over, the PGA tour has three more majors to fill the schedule.
The tennis circuit has three more majors for the summer, with the French Open final on June 10, Wimbledon July 15 and the road to the U.S. Open from the end of July through August.
The NCAA’s spring sports crown their champions in May and June. ESPN carries the lacrosse final four Memorial Day weekend, then the softball World Series and baseball World Series in Omaha.
The MLS continues through the summer on ESPN and FoxSports1.
NBC Sports network carries the Premier League’s final weeks before delegation day in May.
FoxSports1 brings the German Bundesliga contests.
Russia hosts the World Cup, starting June 14 and continuing to the final July 15.
For fans of the horses, there’s the Kentucky Derby May 5 and Preakness May 19. If one horse wins the first two, a Triple Crown championship could be waiting at the end of the 150th Belmont Stakes.


A tradition unlike any other

Tiger’s back.
Will he wear another green jacket by the end of the weekend?
Twenty-one years after he won first Major as a 21-year-old Tiger Woods take to Augusta National for the Masters. CBS has weekend coverage, starting Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
Woods has won four green jackets in his career, but none since 2004. He has a pair of top five finishes this year after missing the past two Masters.
ESPN has the first two rounds Thursday and Friday at 3 p.m.
The Orioles take on the Yankees in a four-game series starting Thursday at 6:30 p.m. on MASN.
The Nationals open their home season against the Mets Thursday at 1 p.m. on MASN. Saturday afternoon’s contest will be on MASN2 and Sunday on ESPN.
The Brewers host the Cubs on FoxSports1 Saturday at 4 p.m.
TNT has the Wizards’ visit to Cleveland Thursday at 8 p.m. followed by Timberwolves-Nuggets.
The Wizards take on the Hawks Friday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
The Capitals gear up for the postseason against the Predators Thursday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington. The Devils come to town Saturday at 7 p.m.
The Ducks fight on a playoff spot against the Stars Friday at 10 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The Flyers face the Rangers on NBC Saturday at 3 p.m.
ESPN2 has the Frozen Four Thursday, with Ohio State taking on Minnesota-Duluth at 6 p.m. before Notre Dame meets Michigan. The champion will be crowned Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN.
NASCAR visits Texas, with the Monster Cup race Sunday at 2 p.m. on FoxSports1. Fox carries the Xfinity Series Saturday at 3 p.m.
ESPN2 has the Bahrain Grand Prix Sunday at 11 a.m. There’s practice Saturday at 7:55 a.m. and qualifying at 10:55 a.m.
The IndyCar circuit visits Phoenix Saturday at 9:30 p.m.  on NBC Sports network. There’s qualifying Friday at 8 p.m.
It’s Arsenal against CSKA Moscow in the Europa League Thursday at 3 p.m. on FoxSports1.
In the Premier League, NBC Sports network has Everton against Liverpool Saturday at 7:25 a.m. Brighton & Hove Albion faces Huddlesfield Town at 9:55 a.m. with NBC covering Manchester City’s contest with Manchester United.
Arsenal meets Southampton Sunday at 9:10 a.m., then Chelsea clashes with West Ham United.
Atlanta takes on Los Angeles FC in MLS play Saturday at 5 p.m. on ESPN and it’s Orlando City against Portland Sunday at 4 p.m. FoxSports1 has the Galaxy against Sporting KC Sunday at 9 p.m.
In the Bundesliga, Dortmund battles Stuttgart Sunday at 9:30 a.m. on FoxSports1.
Fox has the United States’ contest with Mexico Sunday at 2 p.m.
Penn faces Brown in college lacrosse Saturday at 1:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
Arizona battles Oregon in college softball Saturday at 3 p.m. on ESPN. Florida faces Alabama on ESPN2 at 1 p.m. before Tennessee takes on Auburn. Sunday, there’s another contest between Florida and Alabama at 3 p.m. on ESPN2.
MASN has the Santa Anita Derby Saturday at 6:30 p.m. while NBC Sports network shows the Wood Memorial at 5:30 p.m.