Season kick off

The defending champion meets the first champion as the Major League Soccer season kicks off this weekend.
Atlanta United, winners of the MLS Cup in its second campaign, hosts D.C. United Sunday at 6 p.m. as part of the MLS opening weekend.
The league welcomes its 24th team when Cincinnati debuts in Seattle on FoxSports1 Saturday at 10 p.m.
The Galaxy face the Chicago Fire Saturday at 8 p.m. on FoxSports1 and ESPN2 has Los Angeles FC against Sporting KC Sunday at 8 p.m.
NASCAR finds out what happens in Vegas this weekend, with the Monster Series on Fox Sunday at 3:30 p.m. The Xfinity Series goes on FoxSports1 Saturday at 4 p.m. after the Truck Series goes Friday at 9 p.m.
Nebraska takes on Michigan in college basketball on ESPN Thursday at 7 p.m. before UCLA faces Southern Cal.
ESPN2 has Connecticut’s clash with Wichita State Thursday at 7 p.m., with Minnesota-Northwestern at 9 p.m. and Gonzaga tangling with Pacific at 11 p.m.
Xavier visits St. John’s Thursday at 6:30 p.m. on FoxSports1. Then it’s off to the Pac-12 for Arizona against Oregon State at 9 p.m. followed by Washington-California.
Rhode Island faces Dayton on ESPN Friday at 7 p.m
CBS kicks off Saturday with three contests, with Kansas-Oklahoma State at noon. Tennessee takes on Kentucky at 2 p.m and it’s Miami against Duke at 4 p.m.
Michigan State meets Indiana on Fox Saturday at noon, then it’s Butler-Villanova.
NBC29 and Raycom affiliates have Virginia-Pittsburgh Saturday at 2 p.m., after showing Syracuse against Wake Forest at noon.
ESPN’s day starts at noon with LSU-Alabama. Ohio State plays Purdue at 2 p.m. before Central Florida meets Houston. It’s North Carolina-Clemson at 6 p.m. and Gonzaga battling St. Mary’s at 10 p.m.
Florida State faces North Carolina State on ESPN2 Saturday at noon and it’s Iowa State-Texas at 2 p.m. and Texas Tech tangling with TCU at 4 p.m. Bradley battles Loyola-Chicago at 6 p.m., followed by Baylor-Kansas State and Arizona taking on Oregon at 10 p.m.
NBC Sports network has a pair of Atlantic 10 contests Saturday, with George Mason-St. Louis at 3 p.m. and LaSalle’s contest with Saint Joseph’s at 5 p.m.
Notre Dame battles Louisville on CBS Sunday at 1:30 p.m. and Michigan meets Maryland at 3:45 p.m.
St. John’s faces DePaul Sunday at noon on FoxSports1 and Creighton clashes with Marquette at 3 p.m.
ESPN2 has Washington-Stanford at 4 p.m.
In women’s hoops, Oklahoma State battles Baylor on MASN2 Saturday at 2 p.m.
The Virginia women visit Notre Dame Sunday at 12:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
ESPN2 brings a pair of games Sunday, with North Carolina against Duke at noon and South Carolina’s contest with Mississippi State at 2 p.m.
TNT has the 76ers visit to Oklahoma City Thursday at 8 p.m., followed by Jazz-Nuggets at 10:30 p.m.
The Trail Blazers tangle with Toronto on ESPN Friday at 8 p.m. and it’s Bucks-Lakers in the nightcap.
The Wizards visit the Celtics on NBC Sports Washington Friday at 8 p.m. and host the Timberwolves Sunday at 6 p.m.
The 76ers host the Warriors Saturday at 8:30 p.m. on ABC and Rockets take on the Celtics Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
NBC Sports Washington has G League action Thursday, with the Go-Gos facing Erie at 7 p.m.
The Capitals visit the Islanders Friday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington-plus and face the Rangers on NBC Sunday at 12:30 p.m.
NBC Sports network brings the Lightning against the Bruins Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and the Predators’ contest with the Wild Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
The Blackhawks face the Kings on NBC Sports Washington Saturday at 4 p.m. and take on the Sharks Sunday at 10 p.m
On the college ice, Notre Dame hosts Penn State Friday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports network and NBC Sports Washington has Saturday’s contest at 7 p.m.
In exhibition baseball, the Orioles face the Tigers Sunday at 3 p.m. on MASN.
ABC has coverage of the NFL Combine Saturday at 1 p.m.
Tottenham Hotspur takes on Arsenal on NBC Sports network Saturday at 7:25 a.m. Manchester United meets Southampton at 9:55 a.m. followed by West Ham United against Newcastle United.
There’s three more Premier League contests Sunday, starting with Leicester City-Watford at 6:55 a.m. Fulham faces Chelsea at 9 a.m. and it’s Everton-Liverpool at 11:30 a.m.
In the Bundesliga, Nurnberg battles Leipzig Saturday at 9:30 a.m. on FoxSports1. Stuttgart faces Hannover Sunday at 9:30 a.m.
The United States’ women’s team faces England on Fox Saturday at 4:30 p.m
MASN2 has horse racing Saturday, with the Fountain of Youth stakes from Gulf Stream Park at 5:30 p.m. and Pasadena Stakes from Santa Anita at 6:30 p.m.
There’s motocross racing from Atlanta Saturday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports network.

Take it outside

The Flyers and Penguins have a big NHL rivalry.
Saturday, they play in a big venue.
Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field hosts this year’s Stadium Series contest, matching the rivals who played in Pittsburgh two years ago. NBC has coverage starting at 8 p.m.
The Flyers have won their prior three outdoor games, including one at the Phillies’ stadium in 2012. They struggled early in the season before a recent hot streak, moving them close to the Penguins for a playoff berth.
The Capitals visit Toronto Thursday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington and the Sabres Saturday at 1 p.m. The Rangers meet the Capitals Sunday at 12:30 p.m.
NBC Sports network has the Predators’ contest with the Kings Thursday at 8 p.m. and the Blues visit the Wild Sunday at 7 p.m.
Exhibition baseball starts Saturday with the Orioles meeting the Twins at 1 p.m. on MASN and the Nationals against the Astros at 6:30 p.m.
NASCAR heads to Atlanta, with the Monster Series on Fox Sunday at 2 p.m. FoxSports1 has the Xfinity Series Saturday at 2 p.m. and Truck Series at 4:30 p.m.
Michigan meets Minnesota on ESPN Thursday at 7 p.m., then Oregon takes on Southern Cal at 9 p.m.
Cincinnati clashes with Central Florida Thursday at 9 p.m. on ESPN2.
FoxSports1 has California against Arizona Thursday at 9 p.m. and Oregon State’s contest with UCLA at 11 p.m.
Buffalo battles Kent State on ESPN2 Friday at 7 p.m. before Davidson meets Rhode Island.
It’s a Big Ten contest between Indiana and Iowa Friday at 9 p.m. on FoxSports1.
Raycom and NBC29 have Virginia’s visit to Louisville Saturday at noon.
Auburn battles Kentucky on CBS Saturday at 1:30 p.m., followed by Florida-State-North Carolina.
Marquette meets Providence on Fox Saturday at noon and Georgetown clashes with Creighton at 2:30 p.m.
ESPN starts its day at noon with Tennessee taking on LSU. Ohio State meets Maryland at 2 p.m. and Virginia Tech visits Notre Dame at 4 p.m. It’s Duke-Syracuse at 6 p.m. then Kansas tangles with Texas Tech and BYU battles Gonzaga at 10 p.m.
TCU takes on Iowa State at 2 p.m. on ESPN2, followed by Oklahoma State-Kansas State. South Florida faces Houston at 6 p.m., with Memphis against Wichita State at 8 p.m. and Oregon meets UCLA at 10 p.m.
Duquesne takes on George Mason Saturday at 4 p.m. on MASN2.
Fordham faces St. Bonaventure on NBC Sports network Saturday at 4:30 p.m.
On FoxSports1, Seton Hall takes on St. John’s at 8 p.m. Saturday.
It’s Villanova against Xavier Sunday at 1:30 p.m. on CBS and Michigan State meets Michigan at 3:45 p.m.
Cincinnati clashes with Connecticut on ESPN Sunday at 2 p.m.
ESPN2 has Stanford-Arizona Sunday at 8 p.m.
On the women’s court, ESPN2 has three contests Sunday. Florida State faces Miami at noon, then Michigan meets Michigan State and South Carolina takes on Tennessee at 4 p.m.
TNT has the Bucks’ battle with the Celtics Thursday at 8 p.m. and Rockets-Lakers in the nightcap.
On ESPN, the Spurs visit Toronto at 7 p.m. Friday and it’s Jazz-Thunder at 9:30 p.m.
The Wizards visit Charlotte on NBC Sports Washington Friday at 7 p.m. and host the Pacers Saturday at 7 p.m.
The Warriors host the Rockets on ABC Saturday at 8:30 p.m.
The PGA tour heads to Mexico this weekend, with coverage on NBC Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
On the college ice, Ohio State meets Michigan Friday at 6:30 p.m. on FoxSports1.
West Ham United battles Fulham on NBC Sports network Friday at 2:40 p.m. Bournemouth faces Wolverhampton Saturday at 7:25 a.m. followed by Burnley-Tottenham Hotspur.
Manchester United meets Liverpool Sunday at 9 a.m. on NBC Sports network.
Hannover faces Eintracht in the Bundesliga Sunday at 9:30 a.m. on FoxSports1.
In Italian Serie A, Sampdoria takes on Cagliari Sunday at 6:25 a.m.
MASN has Hal’s Hope from Gulfstream Park Saturday at 5 p.m. and the Spring Fever Stakes from Santa Anita Sunday at 6:30 p.m.
It’s the USA Indoor track and field championships Saturday at 6:30 p.m.  and Sunday at 4 p.m. on NBC Sports network.

Boogity, boogity, boogity

DW and the boys return to the booth this weekend for NASCAR’s season opener.
Fox has the Daytona 500 Sunday at 2:30 p.m., with pre-race coverage starting at 1 p.m. It’s the 19th season Darrell Waltrip has been in the Fox broadcast booth, joined by Jeff Gordon for the past few seasons.
William Byron and Alex Bowman clinched the first two spots in Sunday’s lineup during last week’s qualifying.
The Xfinity Series starts its season Saturday at 2:30 p.m. on FoxSports1 and the Truck Series goes Friday at 7:30 p.m.
FoxSports1 has the Twin 125s Thursday at 7 p.m., setting the rest of the Daytona 500 field.
The NBA’s best gather for the All-Star game in Charlotte Sunday at 8:20 p.m. on TNT. The top skills get displayed Saturday at 8 p.m. on TNT, after the Celebrity All-Star game on ESPN at 7 p.m. Friday and the Rising Stars game at 9 p.m. on TNT.
TNT has the Thunder’s visit to New Orleans Thursday at 8 p.m.
Houston clashes with Connecticut on ESPN Thursday at 7 p.m.
ESPN2 offers Ohio State-Illinois Thursday at 7 p.m, followed by Murray State against Austin Peay and Gonzaga’s contest with Loyola Marymount at 11 p.m.
Saint Joseph’s faces Davidson Friday at 7 p.m on ESPN2 and it’s Troy against Georgia Southern at 9 p.m.
CBS has Texas-Oklahoma State Saturday at 1 p.m., with Ohio State’s contest with Michigan State Sunday at 1 p.m.
Maryland meets Michigan on Fox Saturday at noon and Xavier takes on Providence at 2 p.m.
Virginia hosts Notre Dame Saturday at 2 p.m on NBC29 and Raycom affiliates. North Carolina meets Wake Forest at noon and some Raycom affiliates have Florida State-Georgia Tech at 2 p.m.
ESPN starts its day at noon with Clemson-Louisville. Baylor tangles with Texas Tech at 2 p.m. with West Virginia-Kansas at 4 p.m. Duke faces N.C. State at 6 p.m., followed by top-ranked Tennessee against Kentucky and Gonzaga’s contest with San Diego at 10 p.m.
Oklahoma takes on TCU at noon Saturday on ESPN, before Indiana-Minnesota and Iowa State against Kansas State. Memphis meets Central Florida at 6 p.m., with Bradley battling Illinois State at 8 p.m. and UCLA-Stanford at 10 p.m. There’s a midnight contest between UC Santa Barbara and UC Irvine.
Virginia Tech tangles with Pittsburgh Saturday at 4:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington. Harvard meets Penn at 7 p.m.
Iowa battles Rutgers Saturday at 6 p.m. on FoxSports1 and it’s DePaul-Butler at 8 p.m. before Arizona State goes against Utah in the nightcap.
NBC Sports network has three Atlantic 10 contests Saturday, starting with George Washington-Duquesne at noon. Fordham faces Rhode Island at 2 p.m. and VCU visits Dayton at 4 p.m.
It’s Wichita State against Cincinnati on ESPN Sunday at 1 p.m.
Creighton clashes Seton Hall with Sunday at 3 p.m. on FoxSports1, with Villanova-St. John’s at 5 p.m.
In women’s hoops, Virginia Tech visits Duke on NBC Sports Washington Thursday at 7 p.m.
There’s three games on ESPN2 Sunday, with Maryland against Iowa at 1 p.m. followed by Miami meeting Louisville and Tennessee taking on Missouri.
NBC Sports Washington has Virginia Tech’s contest with Georgia Tech Sunday at 1 p.m., and Virginia-North Carolina at 3 p.m.
In the Atlantic 10, Duquesne takes on Rhode Island on NBC Sports network Sunday at 1 p.m and St. Louis hosts Richmond at 3 p.m.
The Capitals have a western swing, starting Thursday at 10:30 p.m. against San Jose on NBC Sports Washington. They meet the Ducks Sunday at 9 p.m.
NBC Sports Washington has the Flyers’ contest with the Red Wings Saturday at 1 p.m. and Canucks-Sharks at 10 p.m.
It’s Hockey Day in America Sunday, as the Rangers visit the Penguins at 12:30 p.m. on NBC followed by Blues-Wild at 3 p.m. It’s Flyers-Red Wings Sunday at 6 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
On the college ice, Wisconsin visits Notre Dame on NBC Sports network Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 6 p.m.
The PGA tour visits Los Angeles for the Genesis Open Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. on CBS.
It’s the second week of the Alliance of American Football, with TNT covering Salt Lake City against Birmingham Saturday at 2 p.m.
Saracens tangles with Leicester in rugby on NBC Sports network Saturday at 10 a.m.
NBC Sports network has the women’s giant slalom Thursday at 11:30 a.m. and biathlon World Cup at 1 p.m. There’s women’s skeleton Friday at 10 a.m., followed by men’s giant slalom at 11 a.m. and men’s biathlon at 1 p.m.
The women’s slalom goes Saturday at 10 a.m. and men’s slalom Sunday at 8 a.m.
There’s motocross racing from Arlington Saturday at 8:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.

There’s a new league in town

Do you think pro football ended last Sunday with Super Bowl LIII?
The Alliance of American Football begins its inaugural campaign with two games on CBS Saturday at 8 p.m. as San Diego visits San Antonio and Atlanta battles Orlando and its coach Steve Spurrier.
Birmingham, Memphis, Arizona and Salt Lake City round out the league, which will hold its championship in Las Vegas in late April.
CBS Sports network and NFL network will have coverage of games for the regular season.
College GameDay returns to Charlottesville Saturday, prior to the Cavaliers’ game with Duke at 6 p.m. on ESPN.
ESPN has a pair of Big Ten contests Thursday, with Ohio State-Penn State at 7 p.m. followed by Iowa-Indiana.
Cincinnati clashes with Memphis on ESPN2 Thursday at 7 p.m., then Arizona meets Washington before BYU plays Portland in the nightcap.
Saint Louis faces Saint Joseph’s on ESPN2 Friday at 7 p.m. and Georgia State tangles with Louisiana at 9 p.m.
Kentucky meets Mississippi State Saturday at 1 p.m. on CBS, with Ohio State facing Indiana Sunday at 1 p.m.
Michigan meets Wisconsin on Fox Saturday at noon, then Villanova visits Marquette and Utah faces UCLA at 5 p.m.
Miami meets North Carolina Saturday at noon on NBC 29 and the Raycom affiliates. North Carolina State takes on Pitt at 2 p.m. along with Boston College-Syracuse.
ESPN’s Saturday schedule starts at noon with Oklahoma State-Kansas. Michigan meets Minnesota at 2 p.m. and top-ranked Tennessee takes on Florida at 4 p.m., with Washington against Arizona State at 10 p.m.
Virginia Tech clashes with Clemson on ESPN2 at noon Saturday. It’s Auburn against LSU at 2 p.m., with Louisville-Florida State at 4 p.m. and Baylor battling Kansas State at 6 p.m. Texas takes on West Virginia at 8 p.m. and St. Mary’s meets Gonzaga at 10 p.m.
DePaul takes on Xavier Saturday at 8 p.m. on FoxSports1.
Richmond hosts George Washington Saturday at 6 p.m. on MASN.
Butler battles Georgetown on MASN2 Saturday at noon.
Cincinnati clashes with Houston Sunday at 4 p.m. on ESPN and ESPN2 has Stanford-Oregon Sunday at 8 p.m.
In women’s hoops, ESPN has Notre Dame-Florida State at noon and Tenneseee against Mississippi State at 2 p.m.
Houston takes on South Florida Sunday at 2 p.m. on ESPN2 before Oregon meets Stanford.
MASN2 has a pair of Big East contests Sunday, with St. John’s against Providence at 1 p.m. followed by Villanova-Marquette.
The NBA gears up for its All-Star game as players are drafted for each team Thursday at 7 p.m. on TNT.
The Lakers take on the Celtics at 8 p.m. Thursday on TNT, followed by Spurs-TrailBlazers.
ESPN has Nuggets-76ers Friday at 7 p.m. with Timberwolves against the Pelicans in the nightcap.
The Wizards clash with the Cavaliers on NBC Sports Washington Friday at 7 p.m.
ABC has the Thunder against the Rockets Saturday at 8:30 p.m. and the Lakers’ visit to Philadelphia Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
Gearing up for the Daytona 500, Fox has qualifying for the race Sunday at noon. The Clash will be on FoxSports1 at 3 p.m.
The Capitals host the Avalanche Thursday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington
NBC has the Predators against the Blues Sunday at 12:30 p.m. while Toronto takes on the Rangers on NBC Sports network Sunday at 7 p.m.
CBS has the Pebble Beach Pro-Am Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
Fulham faces Manchester United on NBC Sports network Saturday at 7:25 a.m., followed by Liverpool-Bournemouth and Burnley battles Brighton & Hove Albion at 12:25 p.m.
Tottenham Hotspur takes on Leicester City Sunday at 8:25 a.m. before Manchester City meets Chelsea.
In the Bundesliga, Werder Bremen battles Augsburg Sunday at 9:30 a.m. on FoxSports1 and Dusseldorf meets Stuttgart at noon.
Sassuolo takes on Juventus in Italian Serie A Sunday at 11:55 a.m. on ESPN2.