Watchdog hiatus

The weather is getting warmer.
Time for travel.
Outdoor activities.
TV sports are still part of the spring and summer, but it’s time for hiatus for this blog until the NFL preseason gets going August 1.
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. Cleveland will host the mid-summer classic.
The postseason continues 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 will be held in Nashville April 25-27, with primetime coverage on ABC Thursday and Friday. ESPN and NFL network will also follow the picks.
NASCAR continues on Fox and FoxSports1 through June, moving to NBC and NBC Sports network with the June 30 race at Chicagoland.
NBC takes over coverage of the Indianapolis 500 Memorial Day,  with other IndyCar circuit races on NBC Sports network
With the Masters over, the PGA tour has three more majors to fill the schedule. Tiger Woods goes for his 16th major title at the PGA Championship in May, with U.S. Open following in June and British Open in July.
The tennis circuit has three more majors for the summer, with the French Open final on June 9, Wimbledon July 14 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.
France hosts the 2019 Women’s World Cup, with 24 teams battling to reach the final July 7.
For fans of the horses, there’s the Kentucky Derby May 4 and Preakness May 18. If one horse wins the first two, a Triple Crown championship could be waiting at the end of the Belmont Stakes.


A tradition unlike any other

For 70 years, the winner of The Masters has received a green jacket after his triumph.
By twilight Sunday, another winner will claim his jacket.
CBS has third round action from Augusta National Saturday at 3 p.m. Final round coverage starts Sunday at 2 p.m.
The green jacket tradition began in 1949, with Sam Snead taking it home in the first official presentation.
ESPN has the first two rounds Thursday and Friday at 3 p.m.
The Orioles close their series with the A’s Thursday at 12:30 p.m. on MASN and visit the Red Sox for the weekend.
The Nationals host the Pirates on MASN2 for the weekend.
FoxSports1 has the Giants’  contest with the Rockies Saturday at 4 p.m., followed by Mets-Braves. ESPN offers the Cardinals against the Reds Sunday at 4 p.m. and Mets battling the Braves at 7 p.m.
The Capitals begin their defense of the Stanley Cup Thursday at 7:30 p.m. against the Hurricanes on USA and NBC Sports Washington. NBC Sports network has Maple Leafs-Bruins Thursday at 7 p.m. and Colorado clashing with Calgary at 10 p.m.
It’s Game 2 between Columbus and Tampa Bay Friday at 7 p.m. on CNBC. The Penguins tangle with the Islanders at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network, then coverage shifts out west for Blues-Jets at 9:30 p.m. on CNBC and Golden Knights against the Sharks at 10:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
NBC has Capitals-Hurricanes Saturday at 3 p.m. and Maple Leafs battling the Bruins at 8 p.m. The Predators host the Stars on NBC Sports network at 6 p.m., followed by the Avalanche meeting the Flames.
The Penguins host the Islanders on NBC Sunday at noon. NBC Sports network has Lightning-Blue Jackets at 7 p.m. before the Golden Knights tangle with the Sharks at 10 p.m. CNBC brings the Jets against the Blues at 7:30 p.m.
The NBA playoffs get going Saturday with Eastern Conference matchups between the Nets and Sixers on ESPN at 2:30 p.m. and Magic-Raptors at 5 p.m. ABC brings Warriors-Clippers at 8 p.m. followed by the Nuggets hosting the Spurs on ESPN at 10:30 p.m.
Sunday’s action starts with the Celtics taking on the Pacers at 1 p.m. on TNT. The TrailBlazers meet the Thunder on ABC at 3:30 p.m., then top-seeded Milwaukee tangles with the Pistons at 7 p.m. on TNT. Houston hosts the Jazz at 9:30 p.m. on TNT.
The NCAA’s Frozen Four is Thursday, with Providence against Minnesota-Duluth at 5 p.m. and Denver facing Massachusetts at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN2. The winners battle Saturday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2 for the title.
Richmond hosts NASCAR this weekend, with the Monster Series on Fox Saturday at 7 p.m. The Xfinity Series goes Friday at 7:30 p.m. on FoxSports1.
It’s the Grand Prix of Long Beach Indy Car race Sunday at 4:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network. There’s qualifying Saturday at 2:45 p.m.
Formula One races in China Sunday at 2:05 a.m. on ESPN2. There’s qualifying Saturday at 1:55 a.m. after practice Friday at 1:55 a.m.
Notre Dame plays its spring football game Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network. ESPN2 has Alabama’s spring game Saturday at 2 p.m.

In the MLS, Minnesota United faces New York City FC Saturday at 5 p.m. Sporting KC takes on the Red Bulls on FoxSports1 at 7 p.m.

NBC Sports network has Leicester City against Newcastle United Friday at 2:55 p.m. It’s Tottenham Hotspur meeting Huddersfield Town Saturday at 7:25 a.m. and Burnley’s battle with Cardiff City at 10 a.m.
NBC brings Manchester United-West Ham at 12:30 p.m.
Crystal Palace clashes with Manchester City Sunday at 9 a.m. on NBC Sports network and it’s Liverpool-Chelsea at 11:25 a.m.
In the Bundesliga, Leipzig meets Wolfsburg on FoxSports1 Saturday at 9:30 a.m. and Dortmund battles Mainz at noon. Fortuna Dusseldorf faces Bayern Munich Sunday at 9:30 a.m. and Eintracht Frankfurt takes on Augsburg Sunday at noon.
There’s women’s pro soccer between the Washington Spirit and Sky Blue FC Saturday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
MASN has the Apple Blossom Handicap Sunday at 5:30 p.m. and Tokyo City Cup at 7 p.m. The Arkansas Derby goes on NBC Sports network Saturday at 7 p.m.
Clemson clashes with Florida State in college baseball Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN2.
In college softball, Auburn faces Georgia Saturday at noon on ESPN2. It’s Oregon-UCLA on ESPN2 Sunday at 4 p.m.
James Madison visits Drexel in women’s lacrosse Friday at 6 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
NBC Sports Washington has rugby between San Diego and New York Sunday at 1 p.m.
Denver hosts Motocross racing Saturday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network.


The ball is tipped

Charles Barkley picked Virginia to win the NCAA tournament before it started.
But he went to Auburn, a surprise regional victor.
Which team will he be cheering for Saturday.
The Cavaliers, the lone surviving top seed, faces the Tigers in the first semifinal at 6 p.m. on CBS.
It’s Michigan State-Texas Tech at 8:49 p.m., with Saturday’s winners battling for the national championship Monday at 9 p.m.
In the Women’s Final Four, Baylor and Oregon meet Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2 before Connecticut clashes with Notre Dame. The final is Sunday at 6 p.m. on ESPN2.
Lipscomb and Texas meet in the NIT championship Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN, then it’s the college slam dunk and 3-point championships at 9 p.m.
There’s high school basketball semifinals on ESPN2 Friday at 3 and 5 p.m. ESPN has the final Saturday at 12:30 p.m. and the girls championship is on ESPN2 Saturday at 10 a.m.
The Orioles start their home season Thursday at 3 p.m. against the Yankees on MASN. The series continues Saturday night and Sunday afternoon on MASN.
The Nationals take on the Mets Thursday at 1 p.m. on MASN2, moving to MASN Saturday afternoon and MASN2 Sunday.
FoxSports1 has the Rangers taking on the Angels Saturday at 4 p.m. before the Cubs face the Brewers. The Rockies host the Dodgers on ESPN Sunday at 8:30 p.m.
TNT has the Bucks visiting the 76ers Thursday at 8 p.m. followed by Warriors-Lakers.
The Pacers tangle with the Celtics on ESPN Friday at 8 p.m., with TrailBlazers-Nuggets in the nightcap.
The Wizards host the Spurs Friday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington and visit the Knicks Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
ABC has the Thunder’s trip to Minnesota Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
The Capitals gear up for the postseason with contests against the Canadiens Thursday at 7 p.m. and Islanders Saturday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
NBC Sports Washington has the Avalanche against Sharks Saturday at 10:30 p.m.
NASCAR hits Bristol this weekend, with the Monster Series on FoxSports1 Sunday at 2 p.m. after the Xfinity Series Saturday at 1 p.m.
NBC Sports network has the Grand Prix of Alabama Sunday at 4 p.m. after qualifying Saturday at 4 p.m.
D.C. United takes on Los Angeles FC Saturday at 3 p.m. on Fox. Cincinnati clashes with Sporting Kansas City Sunday at 3 p.m. on ESPN
The United States women have an international friendly with Australia Thursday at 9:30 p.m. on FoxSports1. The men meet Belgium on ESPN2 Sunday at 9 p.m.
Southampton takes on Liverpool Friday at 2:55 p.m. on NBC Sports network. Crystal Place clashes with Newcastle United Saturday at 9:55 a.m. and Everton tangles with Arsenal Sunday at 9 a.m.
In the Bundesliga, Bayern Munich meets Dortmund on Fox Saturday at 12:30 p.m. It’s Hoffenheim-Augsburg Sunday at 9:30 a.m. on FoxSports1.
ESPN2 has Clemson’s spring football game Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
Baylor battles Oklahoma in college softball on FoxSports1 Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 8 p.m. on ESPN. South Carolina meets Auburn on ESPN Saturday at 6 p.m.
Top-ranked UCLA takes on Arizona State on ESPN2 Saturday at 5 p.m. and it’s Arkansas-Florida on ESPN2 Sunday at 1 p.m.
It’s the Wood Memorial and Blue Grass Stakes on NBC Sports network Saturday at 5:30 p.m.
Norway meets the United States at the World Curling Championship Friday at 9 p.m on NBC Sports network.
There’s Motocross racing from Nashville Saturday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network.