LIII

They’re back. Again.
Bill Belichick and Tom Brady make another appearance on Super Sunday, taking on the youthful Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII on CBS. Pre-game coverage starts mid-afternoon, with kickoff scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
Seventeen years ago on this date, Belichick and Brady stunned “The Greatest Show on Turf” for the Patriots’ first Super Bowl championship.
The Rams were based on St. Louis then, and won their only Super Bowl the last time Atlanta hosted the contest.
New England has won five Super Bowls since 2001, the most recent two years ago against Atlanta.
CBS has NFL honors show Saturday at 9 p.m.
TNT has the Bucks’ contest with the Raptors Thursday at 8 p.m., followed by the 76ers against the Warriors.
The Knicks face the Celtics on ESPN Friday at 7:30 p.m. and the Rockets battle the Nuggets at 10 p.m.
The Bucks take on the Wizards Saturday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
ABC has the Warriors’ contest with the Lakers Saturday at 8:30 p.m. It’s Thunder-Celtics Sunday at 2 p.m.
Purdue battles Penn State on FoxSports1 Thursday at 7 p.m. followed by Oregon-Utah.
Temple takes on Houston Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2, then it’s Arizona-Arizona State. Gonzaga battles BYU in the nightcap at 11 p.m.
Michigan meets Iowa Friday at 7 p.m. on FoxSports1 and Maryland visits Wisconsin at 9 p.m.
ESPN2 has Davidson-St. Bonaventure Friday at 7 p.m.
Texas Tech tangles with Kansas Saturday at 4 p.m. on CBS.
Virginia Tech plays North Carolina State on NBC29 and Raycom affiliates Saturday at noon and Virginia meets Miami at 2 p.m.
ESPN starts its day with St. John’s-Duke at noon. North Carolina visits Louisville at 2 p.m., then Kentucky faces Florida. It’s Indiana-Michigan State at 6 p.m. and Tennessee takes on Texas A&M at 8 p.m.
West Virginia battles Oklahoma at noon on ESPN2, followed by Texas-Iowa State and UCLA against Washington. Syracuse faces Pittsburgh at 6 p.m., with Alabama’s contest with Auburn at 8 p.m. and Loyola-Chicago against Illinois State in the nightcap.
Butler battles Seton Hall Saturday at noon on FoxSports1. Providence plays DePaul at 2:30 p.m.
Georgia Tech visits Florida State on NBC Sports Washington Saturday at noon, followed by Notre Dame-Boston College.
Massachusetts meets Saint Joseph’s Saturday at 4:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network and it’s George Mason-VCU at 6:30 p.m.
Georgetown visits Villanova Sunday at noon on FoxSports1.
MASN2 has Xavier’s clash with Creighton Sunday at 1 p.m.
In women’s hoops, Virginia Tech visits Pittsburgh Thursday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington. Connecticut clashes with Louisville on ESPN Thursday at 7 p.m.
MASN2 has Texas against Oklahoma Saturday at 4 p.m. and TCU takes on Oklahoma State Sunday at 3 p.m.
South Florida faces Central Florida Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN2 before Vanderbilt tangles with Tennessee.
The Capitals host the Flames Friday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington and the Bruins Sunday at 12:30 p.m. on NBC.
NBC brings the Blackhawks against the Wild and Lightning-Rangers Saturday at 8 p.m.
NASCAR’s latest Hall of Fame class gets honored Friday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The PGA tour visits Phoenix, with coverage on NBC Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
Fox carries an international friendly between the United States and Costa Rica Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
Tottenham Hotspur takes on Newcastle United Saturday at 7:25 a.m. on NBC Sports network, then Chelsea clashes with Huddersfield Town. NBC has Cardiff City’s contest with Bournemouth.
Leicester City battles Manchester United Sunday at 8:55 a.m., followed by Manchester City-Arsenal.
In the Bundesliga, Eintracht takes on Dortmund Saturday at 9:30 a.m. on FoxSports1. Augsburg meets Mainz Sunday at 9:30 a.m.
Tijuana takes on Toluca Saturday at 10 p.m. on FoxSports1.
NBC Sports network has the Curling World Cup Thursday at noon.
There’s women’s giant slalom skiing on NBC Sports network Friday at noon.
NBC Sports network has motocross racing from San Diego Saturday at 10 p.m.


The stars come out

In Orlando, Mobile and San Jose, the best will come to play this weekend.
The NFL holds its Pro Bowl Sunday at 3 p.m. in Orlando on ESPN and ABC. While the Patriots and Rams miss out to get ready for Super Bowl LIII, other stars have one last chance to shine this weekend.
ESPN has the NFL skills competion Thursday at 9 p.m.
Players looking to join the NFL will gather in Mobile for the Senior Bowl. NFL network has coverage Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
The best ice hockey players meet in San Jose Saturday at 8 p.m. for the NHL All-Star game. NBC has the coverage, while NBC Sports network has the NHL skills competition Friday at 9:30 p.m.
Detroit hosts the United States Figure Skating championships this weekend. NBC offers ladies free skate Friday at 8 p.m., the pairs free skate Saturday at 1:30 p.m. and men’s free skate Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
There’s the short programs for pairs and ladies Thursday at 5 and 7 p.m. on NBC Sports network. The rhythm dance program is Friday at 4 p.m. and free dance Saturday at 7 p.m.
The Australian Open crowns its men’s champion Sunday at 3:30 a.m. and women’s champion Saturday at 3:30 a.m. There’s a men’s semifinal Friday at 3:30 a.m. on ESPN.
TNT offers the Warriors’ visit to Washington at 8 p.m. Thursday, followed by Timberwolves against the Lakers.
The Raptors tangle with the Rockets Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPN and Bucks take on the Thunder Sunday at 6 p.m.
ABC has the Warriors’ trip to Boston Saturday at 8:30 p.m.
The Wizards visit Orlando Friday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington and meet the Spurs Sunday at 7 p.m.
The Go-Gos take on the Grand Rapids Drive Sunday at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
Raycom offers North Carolina State-Louisville and Syracuse against Miami Thursday at 8 p.m.
Tulsa tangles with Cincinnati on ESPN2 Thursday at 7 p.m. Washington meets Oregon at 9 p.m. and it’s St. Mary’s-BYU at 11 p.m.
Michigan State meets Iowa on FoxSports1 Thursday at 7 p.m. followed by Arizona-Southern Cal at 9 p.m. and Arizona State’s clash with UCLA at 11 p.m.
Indiana hosts Michigan on FoxSports1 Friday at 6:30 p.m. and Butler battles Creighton at 8:30 p.m.
Virginia visits Notre Dame Saturday at 1 p.m. on CBS, with Michigan State-Purdue Sunday at 1 p.m.
ESPN has five games Saturday, starting at noon with Iowa State-Mississippi. Kansas State takes on Texas A&M at 2 p.m. and West Virginia tangles with Tennessee at 4 p.m. It’s Kansas-Kentucky at 6 p.m. before Virginia Tech hosts Syracuse.
Florida faces TCU at noon on ESPN2 before Texas-Georgia. Oklahoma battles Vanderbilt at 4 p.m., then it’s Arkansas-Texas Tech and Arizona State against USC. Arizona meets UCLA in the nightcap at 10 p.m.
Ohio State meets Nebraska on FoxSports1 Saturday at noon, then Marquette meets Xavier. Colorado clashes with Stanford at 8 p.m.
NBC Sports Washington offers Drexel-Delaware at 2 p.m. Saturday,  moving to the ACC for Boston College against Wake Forest at 4 p.m. before St. Bonaventure tangles with Richmond at 6 p.m.
Georgetown takes on St. John’s on Fox Sunday at noon, then Seton Hall meets Villanova at 2:30 p.m.
FoxSports1 offers DePaul-Providence at noon, with Iowa’s contest with Minnesota at 5 p.m.
In women’s hoops, Notre Dame takes on Tennessee Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN. Connecticut clashes with Central Florida on ESPN2 Sunday at 4 p.m.
Florida’s University School faces Sunrise Christian in high school basketball Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.
CBS has the Farmers Insurance Open Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
The United States soccer team meets Panama Sunday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.
In the Bundesliga, Dortmund battles Hannover Saturday at 9:30 a.m. on FoxSports1. It’s Bayern Munich against Stuttgart Sunday at 9:30 a.m.
It’s X-Games weekend on ESPN, starting Thursday at 10 p.m. Competition continues Friday at 10:35 p.m., then Saturday at 1 p.m. on ABC and 10 p.m. on ESPN. ESPN2 gets coverage Sunday at 2 p.m. before ESPN closes the action Sunday at 8:30 p.m.


Who’s going to Super Bowl LIII?

It’s “Legend vs. Young Phenom” twice on Sunday.
The home team won all four games last weekend, setting up matchups between the top two seeds in each conference for spots in Super Bowl LIII in two weeks.
The NFC goes first Sunday, with the Rams visiting Drew Brees and the Saints at 3 p.m. on Fox. The Saints handed the Rams their first loss of the season in November, giving them the home-field advantage.
The Patriots – in their eighth straight AFC championship contest – face a Chiefs team hosting the conference championship for the first time ever. CBS has coverage at 6:30 p.m.
New England won a 43-40 shootout in their Week 6 meeting, handing the Chiefs their first loss of the season.
The college stars shine at the East-West Shrine Bowl Saturday at 3 p.m. on NFL Network and the Collegiate Bowl on FoxSports1 at 5 p.m.
ESPN’s College GameDay starts its basketball road shows with a visit to Cameron Indoor Stadium before Virginia’s visit to Duke. The pregame show tips at 11 a.m. with the game at 6 p.m.
Oregon faces Arizona Thursday at 9 p.m on ESPN while ESPN2 has Stanford-Washington.
FoxSports1 has Michigan State’s contest with Nebraska at 8 p.m. before Oregon State takes on Arizona State.
Saint Louis meets St. Joseph’s Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN.
It’s Maryland against Ohio State Friday at 6:30 p.m. on FoxSports1, then Xavier takes on Villanova.
Florida faces Georgia on CBS Saturday at noon, followed by Cincinnati-Wichita State and UCLA’s contest with USC.
Fox has Indiana-Purdue Saturday at 2 p.m and St. John’s battle with Butler at 4:30 p.m.
Michigan meets Wisconsin on ESPN Saturday at noon, then it’s Kansas-West Virginia and Kentucky’s contest with Auburn at 4 p.m.
ESPN2 starts its slate at noon with North Carolina-Miami. Alabama tangles with Tennessee at 2 p.m., with TCU-Kansas State at 4 p.m. and Texas Tech taking on Baylor at 6 p.m.
NBC Sports Washington has a pair of ACC contests Saturday, with Pittsburgh-Syracuse at 2 p.m. before Virginia Tech faces Wake Forest.
Raycom brings North Carolina State against Notre Dame at 2 p.m. and Louisville-Georgia Tech at 4 p.m.
DePaul meets Seton Hall on FoxSports1 Saturday at 8 p.m.
There’s four contests from the Atlantic 10 Saturday on NBC Sports network. Richmond duels with Davidson at 12:30 p.m., then it’s Rhode Island-LaSalle and Dayton against St. Bonaventure. Massachusetts battles VCU at 6:30 p.m.
George Washington faces Duquesne Sunday at 4 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
In women’s hoops, Wake Forest visits North Carolina on NBC Sports Washington Thursday at 7 p.m. and ESPN offers South Carolina-Mississippi State Thursday at 7 p.m.
There’s three games on ESPN2 Sunday, starting with Maryland’s contest with Penn State at 2 p.m. Texas A&M takes on Georgia at 4 p.m. before Minnesota meets Nebraska.
Virginia Tech visits North Carolina State Sunday at 12:30 p.m on NBC Sports Washington.
It’s Butler against Creighton on FoxSports1 Sunday at 3 p.m. before West Virginia battles Baylor at 5 p.m.
TNT offers the 76ers taking on the Pacers Thursday at 7 p.m. followed by Lakers-Thunder.
The Spurs face the Timberwolves Friday at 8 p.m. with Warriors against Clippers in the nightcap.
The Wizards went to London, and meet the Knicks Thursday at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
ABC has a pair of games Saturday, with the Thunder visiting the 76ers at 3:30 p.m. before the Lakers battle the Rockets at 8:30 p.m.
In the developmental league, the Capital City Go-Gos face Wisconsin Saturday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
There’s high school basketball between IMG Academy and Oak Hill Academy Sunday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN.
The Capitals host the Islanders Friday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
NBC Sports network has the Blackhawks against the Rangers Thursday at 7 p.m.
NBC starts its NHL Sunday schedule with the Capitals’ visit to Chicago at 12:30 p.m.
The Australian Open enters its third round Thursday at 11 p.m. and Friday at 9 p.m. on ESPN2. The round of 16 starts Saturday at 9 p.m. and continues Sunday at 9 p.m.
NBC Sports network brings Wolverhampton against Leicester City Saturday at 7:25 a.m. and Liverpool’s clash with Crystal Palace at 9:55 a.m. NBC has Arsenal-Chelsea at 12:30 p.m.
Huddersfield Town meets Manchester City Sunday at 8:25 a.m. followed by Fulham-Tottenham Hotspur.
In the Bundesliga, Hoffenheim battles Bayern Munich Friday at 2:30 p.m. Nurnberg faces Bertha Berlin Sunday at 9:30 a.m.
It’s UFC Fight Night on ESPN Saturday at 8 p.m.
There’s motocross racing from Anaheim Saturday at 11 p.m. on NBC Sports network.


Best football weekend of the year

Three of four road teams won last weekend.
Will they be able to continue on the road to Super Bowl LIII?
The top two teams in each conference – coming off their byes – hit the field this weekend against last weekend’s winners.
The slate begins Saturday at 4:30 p.m. on NBC when the Colts visit AFC top-seed Kansas City. The Chiefs have struggled in postseason the past 25 years, winning only once. Four of the losses came against the Colts – two at home.
The Cowboys visit the Rams on Fox at 8 p.m. Saturday. The Rams are seeking their first playoff win since returning to Los Angeles, where they met and lost to the Cowboys twice in 1970s NFC championship games.
The Chargers return to the east coast to battle the Patriots Sunday at 1 p.m. on CBS. New England won a pair of postseason meetings 2006 and 2007, but the Chargers claimed their only AFL title against the Patriots in 1963.
The top-seeded Saints take on the defending champion Eagles on Fox at 4:30 p.m. The Saints blasted the Eagles 48-7 in November, but Philadelphia has won six of seven since then.

Coverage of the Australian Open begins on ESPN2 Sunday at 7 p.m.
The Celtics visit the Heat Thursday at 7 p.m. on TNT, with Thunder-Spurs in the nightcap.
The Pacers face the Knicks on ESPN Friday at 7:30 p.m. and the Lakers take on the Jazz at 10 p.m.
NBC Sports Washington offers the Bucks against Wizards Friday at 7 p.m. and the Raptors’ visit Sunday at 1 p.m.
UCLA takes on Oregon Thursday at 9 p.m.  on ESPN.
Tulsa takes on Cincinnati on ESPN2 Thursday at 7 p.m., followed by Penn State-Nebraska and Pacific’s contest with Gonzaga.
Michigan meets Illinois on FoxSports1 Thursday at 8 p.m., then Washington faces Utah at 10 p.m.
ESPN2 has Wright State against Northern Kentucky Friday at 7 p.m.
FoxSports1 has a pair of Big Ten games Friday, with Indiana-Maryland at 7 p.m. followed by Purdue playing Wisconsin.
Virginia clashes with Clemson Saturday at noon on NBC29 and other Raycom affiliates, with some stations showing Pittsburgh against North Carolina State.
Fox offers Georgetown-Providence Saturday at noon and Villanova’s clash with Creighton Sunday at noon.
ESPN starts its day at noon with Louisville-North Carolina, then Duke faces Florida State. Kansas battles with Baylor at 4 p.m. before Tennessee tangles with Florida.
It’s Kansas State against Iowa State at noon Saturday to start ESPN2’s slate. Illinois State takes on Illinois-Chicago at 2 p.m., then Georgia meets Auburn and Syracuse plays Georgia Tech at 6 p.m. Connecticut clashes with Cincinnati at 8 p.m. with Gonzaga-San Francisco in the nightcap.
Boston College meets Notre Dame Saturday at noon on NBC Sports Washington, followed by Wake Forest-Miami.
Marquette meets Seton Hall Saturday at 2 p.m. on FoxSports1.
TCU takes on Oklahoma Saturday at 2 p.m. on MASN.
FoxSports1 has UCLA against Oregon State Sunday at 10 p.m.
In women’s hoops, ESPN offers Louisville-Notre Dame Thursday at 7 p.m.
Baylor battles TCU on MASN2 Saturday at 4 p.m. and Kansas clashes with Kansas State Sunday at 1 p.m.
ESPN2 has high school basketball between Rancho Christian and Memphis East Friday at 9 p.m.
The Capitals battle the Bruins on NBC Sports Washington Thursday at 7 p.m. and Columbus comes to town Saturday at 7 p.m.


Alabama-Clemson, once again

College football set up a four-team playoff to determine the best team five years ago.
One matchup keeps repeating.
The last three champions get to battle for supremacy Monday as top-ranked Alabama takes on Clemson for the fourth straight season. ESPN and ESPN2 have coverage at 8 p.m.
It’s the third championship matchup between the schools since 2016, with a semifinal contest last year. Both teams plowed through the regular season undefeated, won their conference championship and cruised in the semifinal last week.
In the Football Championship Series, Eastern Washington takes on North Dakota State on ESPN2 Saturday at noon.
The NFL playoffs get going Saturday at 4:30 p.m. on ESPN and ABC as the Texans host the Colts. The teams split their meetings this season, with the Texans posting an overtime triumph in the first contest.
TNT has the Raptors’ contest with the Spurs at 8 p.m. and the Rockets against the Warriors at 10:30 p.m
The Mavericks meet the Celtics on ESPN Friday at 8:15 p.m., followed by Thunder-Trail Blazers.
The Wizards meet the Heat Friday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington and face the Thunder Sunday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington-plus.
Michigan meets Penn State on ESPN at 7 p.m., with Stanford-UCLA at 11 p.m.
ESPN2 has St. Mary’s against San Francisco Thursday at 9 p.m.
Indiana tangles with Illinois on FoxSports1 Thursday at 7 p.m. and Colorado clashes with Arizona at 9 p.m.
Tulane tangles with SMU Friday at 7 p.m on ESPN2.
CBS has Georgetown against St. John’s Saturday at noon and Indiana’s contest with Michigan Sunday at 4:30 p.m.
Michigan State meets Ohio State Saturday at noon on Fox followed by Villanova-Providence.
Kentucky takes on Alabama Saturday at 1 p.m. on ESPN, with Clemson against Duke at 8 p.m.
Virginia faces Florida State on ESPN2 Saturday at 3 p.m., followed by Kansas-Iowa State. South Carolina takes on Florida at 7 p.m., then it’s West Virginia against Texas and BYU against St. Mary’s at 11 p.m.
Butler battles Creighton on FoxSports1 Saturday at noon.
Virginia Tech hosts Boston College on NBC Sports Washington at noon, followed by Wake Forest-Georgia Tech.
NBC Sports network offers LaSalle-Massachusetts Saturday at 1 p.m. and Duquesne against Davidson at 6 p.m.
Marquette meets Xavier on Fox Sunday at noon.
It’s Seton Hall against DePaul on FoxSports1 Sunday at noon.
There’s three games on NBC Sports network Sunday, starting at noon with Richmond-Dayton. George Washington battles St. Joseph’s at 2 p.m. followed by St. Bonaventure’s contest with George Mason.
In women’s hoops, Connecticut clashes with Baylor on ESPN Thursday at 9 p.m.
FoxSports1 has DePaul meeting Marquette Friday at 8 p.m.
There’s three contests on ESPN2 Sunday, starting at noon with SMU-Cincinnati. Missouri meets Tennessee at 2 p.m. and Texas tangles with West Virginia at 4 p.m.
Florida State faces North Carolina at 1 p.m. Sunday on NBC Sports Washington.
There’s outdoor college ice hockey Saturday at 3:30 p.m. with Notre Dame hosting Michigan on NBC Sports network.
The Capitals visit the Blues Thursday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington and Dallas Friday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington-plus and Detroit Sunday at 5 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
The Blackhawks take on the Islanders Thursday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network and the Blackhawks meet the Penguins Sunday at 8 p.m.
It’s Tampa Bay-San Jose Saturday at 11 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
Manchester City meets Liverpool Thursday at 2:55 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
ESPN2 has women’s gymnastics between Nebraska and UCLA Friday at 9 p.m.
Ohio State takes on North Carolina State in college wrestling Sunday at 6 p.m. on ESPN2.
In rugby, it’s Leicester against Gloucester on NBC Sports network Saturday at 10 a.m. and the Wasps take on the Saints Sunday at 10 a.m.
There’s Motocross racing from Anaheim Saturday at 11 p.m. on NBC Sports network.