Let’s play ball

As professional baseball celebrates its 150th anniversary, all 30 MLB teams get the new year started Thursday.
The Orioles have a rare road opener, visiting the Yankees on ESPN and MASN2 Thursday at 1 p.m. ESPN has the Diamondbacks against the Dodgers at 4 p.m. and Red Sox taking on the Mariners at 7 p.m.
The Nationals meet the Mets on MASN Thursday at 1 p.m. The series continues Saturday and Sunday on MASN, while MASN2 carries the Orioles’ games Saturday and Sunday afternoon.
FoxSports1 has a pair of contests Saturday, with Braves-Phillies at 4 p.m. followed by Giants against Padres at 8:40 p.m.
ESPN closes the weekend with two more games, bringing the Cubs’ clash with the Rangers at 4 p.m. and Braves’ battle with the Phillies at 7 p.m.
CBS and TBS bring the Sweet 16, starting Thursday at 7 p.m. with Florida State facing Gonzaga on CBS. Texas Tech takes on Michigan in the second game from Anaheim, while TBS has the Louisville bracket – Purdue tangling with Tennessee at 7:29 p.m. before Virginia’s contest with Oregon.
It’s LSU-Michigan State at 7 p.m. Friday on CBS, then Duke meeting Virginia Tech. TBS offers North Carolina against Auburn from Kansas City at 7:29 p.m. before Kentucky-Houston.
The regional finals from Anaheim and Louisville will be on TBS Saturday at 6 and 8:30 p.m., with CBS covering action from Washington and Kansas City Sunday at 2 and 5 p.m.
Then we’ll have the four teams for next weekend’s semifinals.
The best two teams in Division II meet on CBS Saturday at 3 p.m.
On the women’s side, ESPN starts the Sweet 16 Friday at 7 p.m. with UCLA against Connecticut. Top-seed Louisville meets Oregon State at 9:30 p.m.
ESPN2 has Arizona State’s contest with Mississippi State Friday at 9 p.m. followed by South Dakota State-Oregon.
North Carolina State tangles with Iowa Saturday at 11:30 a.m. on ESPN and then it’s South Carolina-Baylor. The action moves to ESPN2 at 4 p.m. as Notre Dame takes on Texas A&M and Missouri State meets Stanford.
ESPN has a pair of regional finals Sunday at noon and 2 p.m. and there’s two finals Monday on ESPN2 at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
The Wizards visit the Jazz Friday at 9 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington and take on the Nuggets Sunday at 8 p.m.
NASCAR heads to Texas for the weekend, with the Monster Series on Fox Sunday at 3 p.m. The Xfinity Series goes Saturday at 1 p.m. on FoxSports1 and it’s the Truck Series Friday at 9 p.m. on FoxSports1.
Formula One has the Bahrain Grand Prix Sunday at 11 a.m. on ESPN2 after qualifying Saturday at 10:55 a.m.
It’s a match play weekend on the PGA tour, with NBC covering the World Golf Championship Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.
The Capitals visit the Hurricanes Thursday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington and take on the Lightning Saturday at 7 p.m.
NBC carries the Rangers against the Flyers Sunday at 12:30 p.m.
The Bruins visit the Red Wings on NBC Sports network Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
On the college ice, it’s Harvard against Massachusetts on ESPN2 Friday at 3 p.m. and the East Regional final Sunday at 4 p.m. on ESPN2.
Yale faces Penn in college lacrosse Saturday at 2:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
D.C. United takes on Orlando City Sunday at 6:30 p.m. on FoxSports1 and ESPN2 has Galaxy against Portland at 9 p.m.
Fulham faces Manchester City on NBC Sports network Saturday at 8:25 a.m., followed by Manchester United-Watford and West Ham United against Everton at 1:25 p.m.
Cardiff City clashes with Chelsea Sunday at 9 p.m. before Liverpool takes on Tottenham Hotspur.
In the Bundesliga, Hannover takes on Schalke on FoxSports1 Sunday at 9:30 a.m.
NBC Sports Washington has indoor soccer between the Blast and Utica City Sunday at 2 p.m.
It’s the final of the Miami Open Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN2 after the women’s final Saturday at 1 p.m. The men have their semifinals Friday at 1 and 7 p.m. with women’s semifinals Thursday at 1 and 7 p.m.
MASN has the Florida Derby Saturday at 6 p.m. and the Santa Ana Derby at 7 p.m.
Texas takes on Oklahoma State in college softball Saturday at 8:30 p.m on ESPN2 and Arizona faces Arizona State Sunday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.
There’s motocross racing from Houston Saturday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network.

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