Leaping on leap day

February 29 only comes around once every four years.
This time it’s on a Saturday, with a full slate of basketball on TV.
CBS has a Big 12 battle between Kansas and Kansas State at 1:30 p.m., with Auburn against Kentucky at 3:45 p.m.
Providence tangles with Villanova on Fox at noon and Seton Hall meets Marquette at 2:30 p.m.
The College GameDay crew visits Maryland for the 8 p.m. contest with Michigan State on ESPN. The today’s schedule begins in the Big 12 with Texas-Texas Tech at noon and Baylor tangles with TCU at 2 p.m.
It’s off to the ACC at 4 p.m. for North Carolina’s contest with Syracuse and Virginia hosts Duke at 6 p.m. Arizona faces UCLA in the nightcap at 10 p.m.
Texas A&M takes on LSU at noon, followed by Florida facing Tennessee and West Virginia-Oklahoma at 4 p.m. Northern Iowa duels with Drake at 6 p.m., then it’s San Diego State against Nevada and Saint Mary’s meets Gonzaga at 10 p.m.
NBC Sports Washington has a pair ACC contests, with Florida State-Clemson at 2 p.m. and Wake Forest tangles with Notre Dame at 4 p.m. Massachusetts meets Richmond at 6 p.m.
Butler battles DePaul on FoxSports1 at 6:30 p.m.
In the NBA, the Rockets visit the Celtics on ABC at 8:30 p.m.
There’s women’s basketball between Mt. St. Mary’s and St. Francis at 2 p.m. on MASN.
Saturday’s XFL slate brings Los Angeles’ contest with New York on ABC at 2 p.m. and Seattle-St. Louis on Fox at 5 p.m.
It’s NFL combine week, with coverage on ABC at 5 p.m.
The MLS regular season starts on Fox at 8:30 p.m. with Nashville against Atlanta.
NASCAR’s Xfinity Series takes the track on FoxSports1 at 4 p.m.
NBC Sports network has three contests from the Premier League, starting with Crystal Palace’s clash with Brighton & Hove Albion at 7:25 a.m. Bournemouth battles Chelsea at 9:55 a.m. and it’s Watford-Liverpool at 12:25 p.m.
In the Bundesliga, Bayern Munich battles Hoffenheim at 9:30 p.m. on FoxSports1.
The World Rugby Seven Series starts on NBC Sports network at 8 p.m.
There’ll be plenty of leaping as NBC Sports network covers motocross racing from Atlanta at 5 p.m.
Earlier in the weekend, TNT has the Trail Blazers against the Pacers Thursday at 8 p.m. with Lakers-Warriors in the nightcap.
The Thunder battle the Bucks on ESPN Friday at 8:15 p.m. and it’s Nuggets-Clippers in the nightcap.
The Wizards visit the Jazz Friday at 9 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington and meet the Warriors Sunday at 8 p.m.
The Clippers host the 76ers on ABC Sunday at 3:30 p.m. and ESPN has Lakers-Pelicans Sunday at 8 p.m.
Temple takes on Wichita State on ESPN Thursday at 8 p.m., followed by Arizona-Southern Cal.
The Big Ten takes the stage on ESPN2 Thursday, with Wisconsin-Michigan at 7 p.m. and Ohio State meeting Nebraska at 9 p.m. Oregon and Oregon State battle at 11 p.m.
Indiana tangles with Purdue on FoxSports1 Thursday at 7 p.m.
Davidson and Dayton duel on ESPN2 Friday at 7 p.m. and Texas State takes on UT-Arlington at 9 p.m.
FoxSports1 has Washington-Washington State Friday at 9 p.m.
Xavier tangles with Georgetown Sunday at 2 p.m. on CBS, followed by Michigan-Ohio State.
Cincinnati clashes with Houston on ESPN Sunday at 1 p.m.
It’s Creighton-St. John’s on FoxSports1 Sunday at noon.
On the women’s court, Villanova visits Creighton on FoxSports1 Friday at 7 p.m. and James Madison hosts Drexel at 9 p.m. on MASN.
There’s three contests on ESPN2 Sunday, with Texas A&M-South Carolina at noon followed by Duke against North Carolina and Maryland’s meeting with Minnesota at 4 p.m.
NBC Sports Washington offers Virginia against North Carolina State Sunday at 2 p.m. and Boston College takes on Syracuse at 4 p.m.
Fox has the NASCAR race from Fontana Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
The Capitals take on Winnipeg Thursday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
NBC Sports network has Bruins-Stars Thursday at 7:30 p.m. There’s a pair of contests Sunday, with Capitals-Wild at 8 p.m. and the Kings’ contest with the Golden Knights at 10:30 p.m.
The Flyers face the Rangers on NBC Sunday at noon.
On the college ice, Notre Dame hosts Michigan State Friday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The Nationals have a spring training game with the Rays Friday at 1 p.m. on MASN.
NBC has the Honda Classic Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
Houston visits Dallas on FoxSports1 Sunday at 4 p.m. in XFL action, and the Defenders visit the Vipers on ESPN2 at 7 p.m.
MLS opening weekend continues with two matches on ESPN – Seattle against Chicago at 3 p.m. followed by Los Angeles FC against Inter Miami. FoxSports1 offers Portland meeting Minnesota at 7:30 p.m.
Norwich City battles Leicester City on NBC Sports network Friday at 2:55 p.m. Everton meets Manchester United Sunday at 8:55 a.m.
Union Berlin meets Wolfsburg at 7:30 a.m. Sunday on FoxSports1 and it’s Leipzig-Leverkusen at 9:30 a.m.
NBC Sports network has the second day of the rugby Seven Series from Los Angeles at 11:30 a.m.


Play ball

The 2020 baseball season starts early – March 26.
So spring training games – and TV coverage – starts this weekend.
The first games are set for Friday, and MASN starts its slate Saturday as the World Champion Nationals meet the Astros at 6:05 p.m.
The Orioles make their spring debut Sunday, taking on the Red Sox at 1 p.m.
NASCAR begins a west coast swing this weekend, with Las Vegas hosting the race Sunday at 3:30 p.m. on Fox. Ross Chastain will take the place of Ryan Newman, who will be recovering from his last lap crash at Daytona.
The Xfinity Series hits the track Saturday at 4 p.m. and the Truck Series goes Friday at 9 p.m. on FoxSports1.
The XFL’s third week gets going Saturday at 2 p.m. on ABC with Tampa Bay’s home opener against Houston. Fox has Dallas-Seattle at 5 p.m.
New York visits St. Louis Sunday at 3 p.m. on ESPN and FoxSports1 offers D.C. against Los Angeles at 6 p.m.
TNT has the Nets’ visit to Philadelphia Thursday at 8 p.m., with Rockets-Warriors as the nightcap.
The Wizards host the Cavaliers on NBC Sports Washington Friday at 7 p.m.
The Nuggets meet the Thunder Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPN and the Pelicans play Portland at 10:30 p.m.
The Bucks host the 76ers Saturday at 8:30 p.m. on ABC, with the Celtics taking on the Lakers Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
Ohio State faces Iowa on ESPN Thursday at 7 p.m., followed by Oregon-Arizona State.
Connecticut clashes with Temple Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2. It’s Southern Cal against Colorado at 9 p.m. and San Francisco meets Gonzaga at 11 p.m.
Michigan State meets Nebraska Thursday at 8:30 p.m. on FoxSports1, then UCLA faces Utah at 10:30 p.m.
James Madison hosts Elon on MASN Thursday at 7 p.m.
Buffalo battles Kent State Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2 with VCU-Saint Louis in the nightcap.
There’s three games on CBS Saturday, starting at noon with Tennessee-Auburn. Texas tangles with Kansas State at 2 p.m. followed by UCLA against Colorado.
Marquette meets Providence on Fox Saturday at noon before Xavier faces Villanova.
ESPN begins its day at noon with Kansas-Baylor. Michigan meets Purdue at 2 p.m. then North Carolina takes on Louisville and Florida faces Kentucky at 6 p.m. It’s Oregon-Arizona at 9 p.m.
Virginia tangles with Pittsburgh on ESPN2 at noon, followed by Houston-Memphis and Oklahoma against Oklahoma State at 4 p.m. Virginia Tech battles Duke at 8 p.m. and Gonzaga meets BYU at 10 p.m.
George Mason meets St. Joseph’s on NBC Sports network Saturday at 4:30 p.m. and Richmond faces St. Bonaventure at 6:30 p.m.
It’s Georgetown-DePaul Saturday at 9 p.m. on FoxSports1.
St. John’s meets Seton Hall Sunday at 2 p.m. on CBS with Maryland’s contest with Ohio State at 4 p.m.
Wichita State clashes with Cincinnati on ESPN Sunday at 1 p.m.
Indiana hosts Penn State Sunday at noon on FoxSports1. Butler battles with Creighton at 4 p.m.
On the women’s court, ESPN2 has three SEC contests Sunday. Tennessee tangles with Vanderbilt at noon, then it’s South Carolina-Kentucky and Auburn against Texas A&M.
The Capitals host the Canadiens Thursday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington and visit the Devils Saturday at 1 p.m.
NBC has the Capitals’ contest with the Penguins Sunday at noon.
There’s a pair of games on NBC Sports network Sunday, with Blues-Wild at 7:30 p.m. and the Golden Knights tangling with the Ducks at 10 p.m.
The PGA tour heads to Mexico City for the World Championship of Golf, with coverage on NBC.
Chelsea clashes with Tottenham Hotspur Saturday at 7:25 a.m. on NBC Sports network and Sheffield United faces Brighton at 9:30 a.m. NBC has Leicester City against Manchester City at 12:30 p.m.
Manchester United meets Watford Sunday at 8:55 a.m. on NBC Sports network and Arsenal battles Everton at 11 a.m.
In the Bundesliga, Werder Bremen meets Dortmund Saturday at 9:30 a.m. on FoxSports1. Leverkusen tangles with Augsburg Sunday at 9:30 a.m.
Genoa faces Lazio in Italian Serie A Sunday at 6:25 a.m. on ESPN2.
There’s women’s gymnastics between Utah and UCLA on ESPN2 Sunday at 6 p.m.
NBC Sports Washington has rugby between D.C. and Houston Saturday at 8 p.m.
There’s motocross racing from Arlington Saturday at 8:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.


NASCAR without DW

Fox carries the Daytona 500 for the 20th time Sunday, but the first time without Darrell Waltrip in the broadcast booth.
Jeff Gordon takes over as the lone color commentator as Fox covers the first half of the NASCAR season. Mike Joy handles the lead announcing role for the 20th year – his 44th as part of Daytona coverage.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. claimed the pole during Sunday’s qualifying, with Alex Bowman on the outside.
Coverage starts Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
The field – behind the front row – will be set after Thursday’s Duel 125 races on FoxSports1 at 7 p.m.
The Xfinity Series opener will be Saturday at 2:30 p.m. on FoxSports1 and the Truck Series starts its year Friday at 7:30 p.m. on FoxSports1.
It’s NBA All-Star weekend, with the game Sunday at 8 p.m. on TNT.
The 3-point contest and other skills events take place Saturday at 8 p.m. on TNT, after Friday’s celebrity game on ESPN at 7 p.m. The rising stars take the court on TNT Friday at 9 p.m.
Before the break, the Clippers visit the Celtics Thursday at 8 p.m. on TNT.
It’s an outdoor weekend for the NHL, with the Avalanche facing the Kings from the Air Force Academy Saturday at 8 p.m.
There’s a pair of contests on NBC Sunday, with Red Wings meeting the Penguins at 12:30 p.m. followed by Bruins-Rangers.
The Capitals clash with Colorado on NBC Sports Washington Thursday at 9:30 p.m. and visit Arizona Saturday at 10 p.m.
The Flyers take on the Panthers Thursday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports network. The Predators host the Blues Sunday at 6 p.m.
NBC Sports Washington offers San Jose-Winnipeg Friday at 7 p.m.
In the second week of the XFL, New York visits D.C. at 2 p.m. on ABC and Fox has Tampa Bay at Seattle Saturday at 5 p.m.
ABC has Dallas’ contest with Los Angeles at 3 p.m. and St. Louis faces Houston at 6 p.m. on FoxSports1.
ESPN brings Cincinnati’s contest with Memphis Thursday at 7 p.m. followed by Colorado-Oregon.
Wichita State faces Central Florida on ESPN2 Thursday at 7 p.m., with Washington against Southern Cal at 9 p.m. and Arizona State meeting Stanford at 11 p.m.
Arizona clashes with California Thursday at 10:30 p.m. on FoxSports1.
Davidson tangles with St. Bonaventure Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2, and Illinois State meets Wright State at 9 p.m.
Texas Tech takes on Oklahoma on CBS Saturday at 1 p.m., with Indiana-Michigan Sunday at 1 p.m.
Ohio State hosts Purdue on Fox Saturday at noon followed by Georgetown-Butler.
The day on ESPN starts at noon with Oklahoma-Kansas. Mississippi meets Kentucky at 2 p.m., then Notre Dame battles Duke and Maryland tangles with Michigan State at 6 p.m. It’s Virginia against North Carolina at 8 p.m. and Gonzaga against Pepperdine at 10 p.m.
Syracuse faces Florida State on ESPN2 at noon and Texas takes on Iowa State at 2 p.m. LSU meets Alabama at 4 p.m., followed by Auburn-Missouri and Northern Iowa against Illinois-Chicago at 8 p.m. Hawaii hosts UC-Irvine at midnight.
Miami meets Wake Forest on NBC Sports Washington Saturday at 2 p.m.
There’s three Atlantic 10 games on NBC Sports network Saturday, starting at noon with Dayton-Massachusetts. LaSalle takes on St. Louis at 2 p.m. followed by George Washington-George Mason.
FoxSports1 offers DePaul-Creighton Saturday at 7:30 p.m. before Colorado takes on Oregon State.
It’s Iowa-Minnesota Sunday at 1 p.m. on FoxSports1. Utah tangles with Oregon at 9 p.m.
On the women’s court, Villanova faces Temple at 1 p.m. and Memphis meets Connecticut at 3 p.m. on ESPN.
ESPN2 has three contests Sunday, starting with Duke-Florida State at 1 p.m.
Kansas State meets Oklahoma on FoxSports1 Sunday at 3 p.m.
On the college ice, Notre Dame tangles with Minnesota Friday on NBC Sports network at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 6 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
CBS has the PGA tour’s Genesis Invitational Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
It’s Wolverhampton against Leicester City Friday at 2:55 p.m. on NBC Sports network. Southampton battles Burnley Saturday at 7:25 a.m. and NBC has Norwich City-Liverpool at 12:30 p.m.
Aston Villa tangles with Tottenham Hotspur Sunday at 9 a.m. on NBC Sports network and Arsenal meets Newcastle United at 11:30 a.m.
Washington faces Alabama in college softball Thursday at 4 p.m. on ESPN2. UCLA battles Florida State Sunday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.
NBC Sports network has the USA Indoor Track and Field championships Friday at 9:30 p.m.
There’s motocross racing from Tampa Saturday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports network.


XFL, take two

Last spring, a new pro football league tried to fill the void after the Super Bowl.
It failed.
This weekend, the XFL tries again – 19 years after its’ first attempt.
Games will be broadcast on either the ABC or Fox family of sports networks, starting Saturday at 2 p.m. on ABC when Seattle visits Washington at Audi Field (home of D.C. United).
Fox has a 5 p.m. Saturday game between Los Angeles and Houston, with Tampa Bay-New York Sunday at 2 p.m. It’s Dallas against St. Louis on ESPN Sunday at 5 p.m.
The XFL plans a 10-game regular season, with four teams making the playoffs. The AAF planned 10 games last year and didn’t get that far.
NASCAR season starts Sunday at noon with qualifying for the Daytona 500 on Fox. The Busch Clash follows at 3 p.m. on FoxSports1.
The PGA tour visits Pebble Beach on CBS Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
TNT has the 76ers against the Bucks Thursday at 8 p.m., with Rockets-Lakers in the nightcap.
The Wizards host the Mavericks Friday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington and meet the Grizzlies Sunday at 6 p.m.
The Raptors meet the Pacers on ESPN Friday at 8:15 p.m. with Portland-Utah at 10:35 p.m.
The Lakers visit the Warriors on ABC Saturday at 8:30 p.m.
Cincinnati clashes with Wichita State on ESPN Thursday at 7 p.m.
Connecticut tangles with Tulsa Thursday at 9 p.m. on ESPN2, followed by Southern Cal against Arizona and UCLA-Arizona State in the nightcap.
James Madison visits Drexel on NBC Sports Washington Thursday at 7 p.m.
Davidson visits VCU Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2 and South Alabama takes on Troy at 9 p.m.
Maryland heads to Illinois on FoxSports1 Friday at 8 p.m.
Tennessee takes on Kentucky on CBS Saturday at 1 p.m. and it’s Ohio State-Wisconsin Sunday at 1 p.m.
ESPN starts its day at noon with LSU-Auburn. Purdue faces Indiana at 2 p.m. followed by Virginia-Louisville and Duke’s contest with North Carolina at 6 p.m. Gonzaga meets Saint Mary’s in the nightcap at 10 p.m.
There’s six contests on ESPN2 Saturday, beginning at noon as Kansas takes on TCU. Florida faces Mississippi at 2 p.m. and Texas Tech takes on Texas at 4 p.m. It’s top-ranked Baylor against Oklahoma State at 6 p.m., with Iowa State-Kansas State at 8 p.m. and UCLA’s contest with Arizona at 10 p.m.
Boston College battles Virginia Tech Saturday at noon on NBC Sports Washington, followed by Georgia Tech-Pittsburgh.
NBC Sports network offers St. Bonaventure-Duquesne at 3 p.m. and there’s the Philadelphia battle between Saint Joseph’s and LaSalle at 5 p.m.
It’s Providence against Xavier Saturday at 8 p.m. on FoxSports1 and Southern Cal visits Arizona State at 10 p.m.
Wichita State battles Houston Sunday at 3 p.m. on ESPN.
Butler battles Marquette on FoxSports1 Sunday at noon.
On the women’s court, Texas A&M takes on Mississippi State Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN.
Louisville faces Syracuse on ESPN2 Sunday at 2 p.m. followed by Kentucky-Arkansas.
NBC Sports Washington has a doubleheader Sunday, with Boston College-Clemson at noon before Virginia Tech meets North Carolina.
There’s two NHL games on NBC Sports network on Thursday, as the Red Wings take on the Sabres at 7 p.m. followed by Sharks-Oilers. Colorado clashes with Minnesota Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
The Capitals tangle with the Flyers Saturday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
The Bruins meet the Red Wings on NBC Sunday at 12:30 p.m.
Everton clashes with Crystal Palace Saturday at 7:25 a.m. on NBC Sports network. NBC has Brighton & Hove Albion’s battle with Watford at 12:30 p.m.
It’s Sheffield United against Bournemouth Sunday at 9 a.m. on NBC Sports network followed by Manchester City-West Ham United.
In the Bundesliga, Wolfsburg duels with Dusseldorf on FoxSports1 Saturday at 9:30 a.m. It’s M’gladbach against Koln Sunday at 9:30 a.m.
Napolia faces Lecce in Italian Serie A Sunday at 8:55 a.m. on ESPN2.
There’s rugby between NOLA and Old Glory DC Saturday at 4 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
NBC Sports network has freestyle skiing from Utah Friday at 9:30 p.m.
There’s motocross racing from San Diego Saturday at 10 p.m. on NBC Sports network.