GameDay returns

Last year, ESPN’s College GameDay came to town.
A student hit a halfcourt shot during the show, but Virginia lost to Duke.
The Cavaliers would like this GameDay to end with a win, whether the student wins the money or not.
Virginia hosts conference leader North Carolina Saturday at 6:30 p.m. on ESPN, after the show packs John Paul Arena at 11 a.m.
The Cavaliers’ hopes of winning the regular season title took a hit Monday with a loss at Miami. But they close the campaign with home contests with the Tar Heels and Louisville, leaving space for a spot in the top four.
Duke hosts Florida State Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN, followed by Indiana-Illinois.
ESPN2 offers SMU against Memphis at 7 p.m. and California clashes with UCLA at 9 p.m. Valparaiso meets Milwaukee Friday at 7 p.m. then it’s Rider-Monmouth.
Providence plays Seton Hall on FoxSports1 Thursday at 7 p.m., followed by St. John’s-DePaul. It’s Harvard taking on Yale Friday at 7 p.m.
Drexel takes on Delaware Thursday at 6 p.m. on Comcast before James Madison meets Towson.
MASN offers Conference USA play Thursday, with Western Kentucky at Middle Tennessee at 7 p.m. followed by North Texas-Louisiana Tech. UTEP takes on Old Dominion on MASN2 Thursday at 7 p.m.
CBS brings three contests Saturday, starting with Butler-Georgetown at noon. Texas takes on Oklahoma at 2 p.m. followed by Vanderbilt-Kentucky. Duke duels with Pittsburgh Sunday 2 p.m. and it’s Iowa-Ohio State at 4 p.m.
Top-ranked Villanova visits Marquette on Fox Saturday at 2 p.m., then it’s out west for UCLA against Stanford at 4:30 p.m.
The ACC network offers North Carolina State against Syracuse Saturday at 2 p.m. along with Louisville-Miami.
Kansas tangles with Texas Tech on ESPN Saturday at noon, then it’s Arizona-Utah at 2 p.m. and Maryland meets Purdue at 4 p.m. Florida faces LSU at 8:30 p.m.
Seven games fill the slate on ESPN2, beginning at noon with Rhode Island-Dayton. Illinois State takes on Wichita State at 2 p.m. and it’s Notre Dame-Florida State at 4 p.m. Iowa State hosts Kansas State at 6 p.m., followed by Gonzaga-BYU and Fresno State against New Mexico. The night closes at midnight with UC Davis taking on UC Irvine.
Georgia Tech battles Boston College on Comcast Saturday at noon. College of Charleston clashes with Hofstra at 4 p.m. and Richmond faces Duquesne at 6 p.m.
VCU faces George Washington on NBC Sports network Saturday at 12:30 p.m. and James Madison meets William & Mary at 2:30 p.m.
Liberty hosts Gardner-Webb on MASN Saturday at noon and Florida International faces Florida Atlantic at 2 p.m. St. Joseph’s takes on St. Louis Sunday at 1 p.m., followed by Horizon League action between Illinois-Chicago and Milwaukee.
Western Kentucky battles Alabama-Birmingham Saturday at noon on MASN2.
There’s a pair of Big East games on FoxSports1 Sunday, as Xavier travels to Seton Hall at 12:30 p.m. and St. John’s battles Creighton at 2:30 p.m. Southern Cal takes on California at 8 p.m.
The Thunder visit New Orleans Thursday at 8 p.m. on TNT, followed by Rockets-Trail Blazers at 10:30 p.m. ESPN has the Bulls and Hawks Friday at 8 p.m. and Grizzlies against Lakers in the nightcap.
ABC has the Warriors’ trip to Oklahoma City Saturday at 8:30 p.m.
Comcast brings Cavaliers-Wizards Sunday at 1 p.m.
On the women’s court, Middle Tennessee visits Western Kentucky Thursday at 9 p.m. on MASN2.
Kentucky meets Texas A&M on ESPN Sunday at 4 p.m.
ESPN2 has a trio of games Sunday, starting at 1 p.m. with Georgia-Tennessee. Miami meets Florida State at 3 p.m. followed by Minnesota meeting Maryland.
Iowa State tangles with Oklahoma Saturday at 2:30 p.m. on MASN2. There’s a pair of games Sunday, with Penn against Columbia at 3 p.m. and Rio Grand Valley against Chicago State at 5 p.m.
FoxSports1 brings Xavier-Villanova Friday at 9 p.m.
The NHL’s Stadium Series heads to Colorado Saturday, as the Avalanche take on the Red Wings at Coors Field at 8 p.m. The Capitals visit Chicago Sunday at 12:30 p.m. on NBC, after they host Minnesota Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.
NBC Sports network brings Predators-Blackhawks Thursday at 8 p.m. There’s two contests Sunday, as Tampa Bay visits Boston at 6:30 p.m. before the Kings and Ducks play at 9 p.m.
On the college ice, Notre Dame hosts Boston University Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
Vermont meets Merrimack on MASN Friday at 8:30 p.m.
The PGA tour heads to Florida and NBC, with the Honda Classic Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
NASCAR heads to Atlanta for the weekend, with the Sprint Cup race Sunday at 1 p.m. on Fox. FoxSports1 has the Xfinity Series Saturday at 1:30 p.m. and the Truck Series goes at 4:30 p.m.
NBC Sports network has West Ham United against Sunderland Saturday at 7:45 a.m., followed by Leicester City-Norwich City. Manchester United faces Arsenal Sunday at 9:05 a.m.


Road to 50

Washington Redskins, NFC East champions.
Hard to believe.
Might they be playing February 7 in Santa Clara?
Thanks to a four-game winning streak to close the season, the Redskins get to host the Packers Sunday at 4:40 p.m. in the final game of the first playoff weekend. Fox has coverage of the contest.
The Packers started the season hotter, but fell into the wildcard slot after losing to the Vikings last Sunday. Washington will be making its first postseason appearance since 2012, and hoping for a first Super Bowl appearance since 1992.
ESPN has the opening game Saturday at 4:30 p.m.,  matching the Texans and the Chiefs. Kansas City snagged the wild-card berth by winning nine straight to end the season, while the Texans squeezed into the postseason at 9-7.
CBS has the Saturday prime time matchup between the Steelers and Bengals. They split their AFC North matchup this season, both winning on the road.
Minnesota hosts Seattle Sunday at 1 p.m. on NBC, as the Seahawks try to reach the Super Bowl for the third straight year.
College football crowns its champion Monday on ESPN, as Alabama faces Clemson in the final of the College Football Playoff at 8:30 p.m.
The Championship Series title game matches North Dakota State and Jacksonville State Saturday at noon on ESPN2.
TNT offers the Celtics visiting the Bulls Thursday at 8 p.m., with Lakers-Kings in the nightcap. The Cavaliers take on Minnesota Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPN, with the Thunder clashing with the Lakers at 10:30 p.m.
The Wizards host Toronto Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast and travel to Orlando Saturday at 7 p.m.
Cincinnati takes on SMU Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN, followed by Michigan State against Illinois. ESPN2 has Louisville-North Carolina State Thursday at 7 p.m. followed by Arizona’s battle with UCLA.
Valparaiso takes on Oakland Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2 and FoxSports1 has Utah-Colorado at 9 p.m.
Virginia Tech heads to Duke on ACC network Saturday at noon, then Virginia faces Georgia Tech at 2 p.m.
CBS brings LSU-Florida Saturday at 1:30 p.m., and Indiana takes on Ohio State Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
Maryland meets Wisconsin at noon Saturday on ESPN, and it’s North Carolina-Syracuse at 8 p.m.
There’s four games on ESPN2 Saturday, starting with Baylor-Iowa State at 3 p.m. Florida State meets Miami at 5 p.m., then it’s Memphis-Connecticut and Auburn against Missouri in the nightcap at 9 p.m.
Georgetown meets DePaul on FoxSports1 Saturday at noon, followed by Creighton battling Seton Hall. It’s Princeton-Pennsylvania at 4:30 p.m. and Villanova faces Butler Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
Pittsburgh plays Notre Dame Saturday at 4 p.m. on Comcast, with Louisville-Clemson Sunday at noon.
NBC Sports network goes to the Atlantic 10 Sunday, starting at noon with Rhode Island-St. Joseph’s. Richmond faces Fordham at 2 p.m. followed by VCU-St. Louis.
UTEP meets Middle Tennessee on MASN Thursday at 7 p.m., followed by New Mexico State-Utah Valley.
It’s time for Conference USA on MASN Saturday, as Rice takes on North Texas at 2 p.m. before Texas-San Antonio goes against Middle Tennessee. Sunday at 1 p.m., Detroit battles Valparaiso.
St. John’s meets Marquette at 2 p.m. Saturday on MASN2.
On the women’s court, top-ranked Connecticut clashes with Houston Friday at 9 p.m. on ESPN2 and faces South Florida Sunday at 5 p.m. on ESPN.
FoxSports1 offers Xavier-Creighton Friday at 7 p.m.
ESPN2 brings North Carolina-Notre Dame Sunday at 1 p.m. followed by Maryland against Iowa.
Comcast has a pair of ACC women’s games Sunday, with North Carolina State-Pittsburgh at 2 p.m. followed by Georgia Tech against Florida State.
Old Dominion hosts Louisiana Tech on MASN2 Thursday at 7 p.m. TCU takes on Baylor on MASN2 Saturday at noon and Alabama-Birmingham faces Texas-El Paso Sunday at 7 p.m.
MASN brings North Texas-Rice Sunday at 3 p.m. before St. Bonaventure battles Massachusetts at 5 p.m.
The Capitals head to Brooklyn Thursday at 7 p.m. on Comcast to meet the Islanders at their new home, then cross the river to meet the Rangers Saturday at 1 p.m. It’s back home Sunday at 7 p.m. to play Ottawa.
NBC Sports network brings the Flyers’ visit to Minnesota Thursday at 8 p.m., and it’s Devils-Wild Sunday at 8 p.m.
On the college ice, Alaska meets Alabama-Huntsville Friday at 8 p.m. on MASN. Western Michigan faces Notre Dame on NBC Sports network Friday at 7:30 p.m.
NBC Sports network brings World Cup skiing this weekend, with ladies downhill Saturday at 5:30 a.m. and men’s giant slalom at  7 a.m. There’s ladies Super G Sunday at 5:30 a.m. and men’s slalom at 7 a.m.
It’s the third round of FA Cup matches, with Liverpool against Exeter City Friday at 3 p.m. on FoxSports1. Aston Villa faces Wycombe Saturday at 7:30 a.m. followed by Arsenal-Sunderland.
There’s three more games Sunday, starting at 6:50 a.m. as Oxford United plays Swansea. Chelsea clashes with Scunthorpe at 10 a.m. before Tottenham Hotspur battles Leicester City at noon.
The United States meets Dominican Republic in women’s volleyball Saturday at 9 p.m. on NBC Sports network.


Who wants to finish 5-8?

How many bowls are there this season?
So many that three had to take a 5-7 team to have a contest.
One of those teams – San Jose State – plays Saturday as the bowl season kicks off with six games.
ABC starts the day at noon from Atlanta, as Alcorn State and North Carolina A&T meet in the Celebration Bowl. It’s off to New Mexico at 2 p.m. for Arizona-New Mexico on ESPN.
New Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall closes his BYU career as the Cougars battle Utah at 3:30 p.m. on ABC.  Ohio faces Appalachian State in the Camellia Bowl on ESPN at 5:30 p.m.
San Jose State tries to avoid a 5-8 finish on CBS Sports network against Georgia State at 7 p.m. The night closes in New Orleans with Louisiana Tech meeting Arkansas State at 9 p.m. on ESPN.
Big Ten teams Nebraska and Minnesota get their chances to finish 5-8 after Christmas. Thirty-five bowl games remain to be played, with the National Championship game on Jan. 11.
Richmond meets North Dakota State in the semifinals of the Championship Series Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.
West Virginia’s Shepherd University vies for the Division II championship against Northwest Missouri State Saturday at 4 p.m. on ESPN2.
NFL network has a pair of contests this weekend, with Bucs-Rams on Thursday and Jets visiting the Cowboys Saturday. The Eagles try to maintain their spot atop the NFC East on Sunday night, battling the Cardinals on NBC, while ESPN offers Lions against Saints Monday night.
The Redskins host the Bills on Fox Sunday at 1 p.m. CBS has Ravens-Chiefs at 1 p.m. followed by Broncos facing the Steelers.
The Thunder face the Cavaliers on TNT Thursday at 8 p.m., with the Rockets meet the Lakers in the nightcap. ESPN brings the Clippers and Spurs Friday at 8 p.m., followed by Pelicans-Suns.
Comcast has the Wizards battling the Hornets Saturday at 7 p.m.
CBS offers UCLA-North Carolina at 1 p.m. followed by Ohio State against Kentucky.
Utah heads to Duke Saturday at noon on ESPN.
It’s Virginia-Villanova Saturday at noon on ESPN2, then Indiana meets Notre Dame at 2 p.m. Coverage goes west at 9:30 p.m. for Arizona taking on UCLA, then Texas faces Stanford at 11:30 p.m.
St. John’s meets Incarnate Word on FoxSports1 Friday at 7 p.m. Auburn visits Xavier Saturday at noon, followed by Northwestern-DePaul at 2 p.m. Florida faces Oklahoma State at 8 p.m.
It’s St. John’s against NJIT Sunday at noon.
Syracuse clashes with Cornell Saturday at noon on Comcast, then it’s College of Charleston against Miami. American meets Maryland-Eastern Shore Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
NBC Sports network brings Michigan State’s visit to Northeastern Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
Belmont battles Middle Tennessee on MASN Thursday at 7 p.m. Georgia State goes to Southern Mississippi Saturday at 5 p.m. before South Florida hosts Alabama-Birmingham at 7 p.m.
MASN2 has a trio of games Saturday, starting with Georgetown against UNC-Asheville at noon. Florida State faces Florida Atlantic at 5 p.m. and Rider tangles with Providence at 8 p.m.
On the high school court, ESPN2 offers Cypress Lakes against Foothills Christian Friday at 6:30 p.m.
FoxSports1 has a pair of women’s contests Sunday, with Arkansas meeting Texas at 2:30 p.m. before Oklahoma plays Texas A&M at 5 p.m.
Michigan State meets Northeastern on MASN Friday at 8 p.m.
The Capitals host Tampa Bay Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast and visit the Rangers Sunday at 7 p.m.
On the college ice, Michigan State takes on Northeastern on NBC Sports network Saturday at 7 p.m.
NBC Sports network has Manchester United against Norwich City Saturday at 9:55 a.m. and Aston Villa clashes with Newcastle United on NBC at 12:30 p.m. Watford battles Liverpool Sunday at 8:25 a.m., followed by Swansea City-West Ham United.
The NCAA crowns its women’s volleyball champion this weekend. Texas takes on Minnesota Thursday at 7 p.m. one ESPN2 followed by Kansas-Nebraska. The winners meet Saturday at 7:30 p.m.


Hold that Tiger

The first College Football Playoff rankings came out Tuesday.
The ACC’s possible place in the final four might be determined Saturday.
ABC has undefeated Clemson’s contest with Florida State Saturday at 3:30 p.m. The Seminoles made the field last season, and their hopes of returning depend on pulling out a win at Death Valley.
Another set of Tigers – LSU – ranks second in the initial rankings. The Bayou Bengals take on Alabama on CBS at 8 p.m.
Baylor and defending champion Ohio State round out the first top four of the season. Five weeks of contests until the final field will be announced.
The college football weekend begins Thursday at 7:30 p.m. on FoxSports1 when Baylor battles Kansas State. ESPN has Mississippi State’s trip to Missouri at 9 p.m., and ESPN2 brings Nevada-Fresno State at 10:30 p.m.
Temple takes on SMU Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.
Notre Dame visits Pittsburgh Saturday at noon on ABC, and in primetime it’s Ohio State hosting Minnesota.
Arkansas takes on Mississippi on CBS at 3:30 p.m. and Fox has a battle with playoff implications between TCU and Oklahoma State at 3:30 p.m. before Utah tangles with Washington.
ESPN begins its day at noon with Vanderbilt facing Florida, then it’s Indiana-Iowa at 3:30 p.m. Michigan State heads to Minnesota at 7 p.m., with Arizona-Southern Cal at 10 p.m.
Duke meets North Carolina on ESPN2 at noon. Cincinnati clashes with Houston at 3:30 p.m. before Navy takes on Memphis at 7 p.m. California faces Oregon in the nightcap at 10:30 p.m.
West Virginia tangles with Texas Tech on FoxSports1 at noon followed by Arizona State-Washington State.
Virginia meets Miami at 3 p.m. after Elon hosts William & Mary at noon on Comcast.
NBC Sports network offers Cornell-Dartmouth Friday at 8 p.m., and Saturday at 3 p.m. it’s Richmond against New Hampshire.
MASN shows action from the Ohio Valley Conference at 3 p.m., with Murray State facing Tennessee State. On MASN2, Florida Atlantic meets Western Kentucky at noon and it’s Marshall-Middle Tennessee at 3:30 p.m.
Thursday night NFL goes back to only on NFL network, with the Bengals meeting the Browns. NBC has the Eagles’ trip to Dallas Sunday night, and the Bears take on the Chargers Monday night on ESPN.
The Redskins battle undefeated New England Sunday at 1 p.m. on Fox. CBS has the Raiders’ trip to Pittsburgh. before the Colts clash with the Broncos.
NASCAR visits Texas for the weekend, with the winner joining Jeff Gordon as members of the final four for the season’s championship. NBC has coverage at 2 p.m., and the Xfinity Series races Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
FoxSports1 has the Truck Series Friday at 8:30 p.m.
The Capitals host the Bruins Thursday at 7 p.m. on Comcast
On the college ice, Minnesota meets Notre Dame on NBC Sports network Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
TNT offers Thunder-Bulls Thursday at 8 p.m. , with the Grizzlies taking on the Trail Blazers in the nightcap. The Heat meet the Pacers on ESPN Friday at 8 p.m., followed by Rockets-Kings.
The Wizards take on the Celtics Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast and travel to Atlanta Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
MLS has the second leg of its conference semifinals Sunday. ESPN has Red Bulls-D.C. United at 3 p.m. followed by Columbus clashing with Montreal. The action shifts to FoxSports1 at 7:30 p.m., with Dallas taking on Seattle before the nightcap featuring Vancouver and Portland.
AFC Bournemouth takes on Newcastle United Saturday at 7:30 a.m. on NBC Sports network. Aston Villa meets Manchester City Sunday at 8:30 a.m., followed by Arsenal against Tottenham Hotspur.
FoxSports1 has a pair of games from the Europa League Thursday, with Liverpool against Rubin Kazan at 1 p.m. followed by Tottenham Hotspur-Anderlecht.
Conference USA crowns its women’s champion Sunday at 11 a.m. on MASN2. FoxSports1 has finals from the Big East Sunday at 1:30 p.m. and Big 12 at 4 p.m.
Comcast has the ACC field hockey tournament Thursday, starting with Duke-Virginia at 11 a.m. Boston College battles Wake Forest at 1:30 p.m. and Louisville faces North Carolina at 4 p.m. The semifinals are Friday at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. with the final Sunday at 1 p.m
Wisconsin battles Michigan State Sunday at 1 p.m. in volleyball on ESPN2.


GameDay in Harrisonburg

ESPN’s College GameDay likes to feature the top matchup of the day for its Saturday morning show.
This week, the best game is in Harrisonburg.
The GameDay crew will do their show before the 7-0 Dukes face 5-1 Richmond, a first visit by the national show to a campus in the CAA. The show starts at 9 a.m. with cut-ins during SportsCenter Friday and earlier Saturday.
Game time is 3:30 p.m., with coverage scheduled for Comcast-plus.
The college football weekend starts Thursday when Temple tangles with East Carolina at 7 p.m. on ESPN2. California takes on UCLA at 9 p.m. on ESPN.
Memphis meets Tulsa at 8 p.m. on ESPN Friday, with Utah State against San Diego State at 10:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
Clemson heads to Miami Saturday at noon on ABC, with either Texas Tech-Oklahoma or Indiana against Michigan State at 3:30 p.m. The game not shown over the air will be in ESPN2.
In primetime, top-ranked Ohio State travels to Rutgers.
Alabama hosts Tennessee on CBS at 3:30 p.m., and Fox has Utah battling Southern Cal at 7:30 p.m.
Louisville battles Boston College on the ACC network at 12:30 p.m.
ESPN starts its day at noon with second-ranked Baylor facing Iowa State. Penn State and Maryland meet in Baltimore at 3:30 p.m., then Texas A&M travels to Mississippi at 7 p.m. The nightcap brings Washington-Stanford at 10:30 p.m.
Nebraska hosts Northwestern at noon on ESPN2. It’s off to the ACC at 7 p.m. for Florida State facing Georgia Tech and Wyoming heads to Boise State at 10:15 p.m.
Comcast has an ACC doubleheader, with North Carolina State-Wake Forest at noon followed by Virginia’s trip to North Carolina. Towson takes on Villanova at 7 p.m.
Kansas State travels to Texas at noon on FoxSports1, then it’s Kansas-Oklahoma State.
MASN2 has a doubleheader from C-USA, with Rice-Army at noon followed by North Texas facing Marshall. Abilene Christian takes on Incarnate Word on MASN at 3:30 p.m.
NBC Sports network goes to the Ivy League for Yale-Pennsylvania Friday at 7 p.m.
The Seahawks visit San Francisco Thursday night on CBS. The Eagles head to Carolina Sunday night on NBC, with the Ravens and Cardinals battling Monday at 8:25 p.m. on ESPN.
Fox has Sunday’s doubleheader, with the Buccaneers at the Redskins at 1 p.m. followed by Cowboys-Giants. CBS brings the Steelers and Chiefs at 1 p.m.
ESPN2 has a high school contest between Paramus Catholic and IMG Academy from Florida Friday at 7 p.m.
The American League Championship Series heads back to Kansas City for Game 6 Friday at 8 p.m. on FoxSports1. Game 7, if necessary, will be Saturday at 8 p.m.
The Mets await the winner when the World Series begins Tuesday on Fox.
NASCAR heads to Talladega for the weekend, with coverage of the Sprint Cup race Sunday at 2 p.m. on NBC Sports network. The Truck Series hits the track Saturday at 1 p.m. on Fox.
NBC carries the Formula One United States Grand Prix Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
The Capitals continue their Canadian road trip, taking on Vancouver Thursday at 10 p.m. on Comcast before going to Edmonton Friday at 9 p.m.
Notre Dame takes on Minnesota-Duluth Saturday at 6:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
TNT gears up for the NBA season with Golden State at the Lakers Thursday at 10 p.m.
Chelsea takes on West Ham United Saturday at 10 a.m. on NBC Sports network, with Arsenal-Everton on NBC at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Sunderland faces Newcastle United at 7 p.m. followed by Manchester City against Manchester United. NBC carries Liverpool’s contest with Southampton at noon.
D.C. United clashes with Columbus Sunday at 5 p.m. on Comcast and FoxSports1. Sporting Kansas City takes on the Galaxy Sunday at 7 p.m. on ESPN.
FoxSports1 has competition in the Europa League Thursday, with Tottenham Hotspur taking on Anderlecht at 1 p.m. and Liverpool against Rubin Kazan at 3 p.m.
Virginia hosts Louisville in women’s soccer Thursday at 5:30 p.m. on Comcast.
Brazil and the United States meet in an international friendly on FoxSports1 Sunday at 3 p.m.
Illinois and Purdue tangle in women’s volleyball Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN2.


Does Tiger have any left in his tank?

Tiger Woods missed last year’s Masters.
He’s missed the past two months of the PGA tour.
mastersWill he find his past Augusta magic this year?
Tiger has four green jackets in his closet, and the quest for a fifth begins Thursday in one of the day’s late pairings.
The honorary starters – including Jack Nicklaus – get play going Thursday morning, and ESPN has coverage Thursday and Friday at 3 p.m.
CBS has the weekend action, starting Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
The latest green jacket awaits in Butler Cabin.
The Orioles have their home opener Friday at 3 p.m. on MASN against the Blue Jays, then continue the homestand Saturday and Sunday.
The Nationals close their series with the Mets Thursday at 1 p.m. on MASN, then visit the Phillies for the weekend on MASN2.
FoxSports1 offers the Red Sox facing the Yankees Saturday at 1 p.m., and the Royals meet the Angels at 9 p.m. The Red Sox and Yankees close out their series on ESPN Sunday at 8 p.m.
Southern Mississippi faces Western Kentucky on Comcast Sunday at 1 p.m.
It’s the final weekend of the NHL season, and the Capitals and Rangers gear up for the postseason Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on Comcast.
NBC offers the Sharks-Kings and Wild against Blues Saturday at 3 p.m.
The Blues battle the Blackhawks Thursday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network and Tampa Bay hosts Boston Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Boston hosts the NCAA’s Frozen Four, with Providence against Nebraska-Omaha at 5 p.m. and Boston University facing North Dakota at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
Let your hair hang down and watch the NASCAR race on Fox Saturday at 7 p.m. The Xfinity drivers hit the track Friday at 8:30 p.m. on FoxSports1.
NBC Sports network has the Chinese Grand Prix Sunday at 1:30 a.m. There’s practice Friday at 3 a.m. and qualifying Saturday at 2 p.m.
The IndyCar circuit visits Louisiana this weekend, with the race Sunday at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports network. There’s qualifying Saturday at 5 p.m.
TNT offers the Bulls and Heat Thursday at 8 p.m., with Warriors against TrailBlazers in the nightcap.
The Wizards visit the Nets Friday at 7:30 p.m. on Comcast and host Atlanta Sunday at 6 p.m.
In Arena Football, Las Vegas visits the LA Kiss Saturday at 10 p.m. on ESPN2.
D.C. United battles the Red Bulls Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast. ESPN has Portland’s trip to Orlando Sunday at 5 p.m. and Seattle takes on the Galaxy Sunday at 7 p.m. on FoxSports1.
Swansea City meets Everton Saturday at 7:45 a.m. on NBC Sports network. Queens Park Rangers battle Chelsea at 8:30 a.m. followed by Manchester United-Manchester City.
Tennessee takes on LSU in college softball Saturday at 5 p.m. on ESPN.
ESPN2 has action from the Family Circle Cup tennis tournament, with play Thursday through Sunday at 1 p.m.
The top women’s bowlers gather for the NCAA championships Sunday at 4 p.m. on ESPN. The PBA has its league semifinals at 2 p.m.


16….8….4

Kentucky marches on, with 36 straight wins.
Will the Wildcats remain perfect through the weekend?
finalfour15The Sweet 16 tips off Thursday at 7 p.m. on CBS, with Wichita State – the team that made it through the last regular season undefeated – facing Notre Dame. Kentucky goes up against West Virginia at around 9:45 p.m.
TBS has the action from Los Angeles. Top-seeded Wisconsin faces North Carolina at 7:47 p.m., and it’s Arizona-Xavier in the nightcap.
CBS brings the South Region Friday – UCLA against Gonzaga at 7:15 p.m. followed by Duke-Utah. The ACC battle between Louisville and North Carolina State starts the East Regional on TBS, with Michigan State against Oklahoma meeting at 10 p.m.
TBS has the Midwest and West regional finals Saturday starting at 6 p.m., with CBS covering the other two regions Sunday afternoon.
Then it’s off to Indianapolis.
The women’s Sweet 16 starts Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN with North Carolina against South Carolina. Iowa battles Baylor at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN2, followed by Arizona State-Florida State. ESPN has the nightcap at 10 p.m. when Stanford meets Notre Dame.
There’s four games on ESPN Saturday, starting with Connecticut-Texas at noon and Louisville dueling with Dayton at 2:30 p.m. Maryland meets Duke at 4:30 p.m. before Tennessee takes on Gonzaga.
ESPN has regional finals Sunday at noon and 8:30 p.m.
The best of Division II vie for their championship Saturday at 3 p.m. on CBS.
The Wizards host the Hornets Friday at 7:30 p.m.  on Comcast before playing the Rockets on ABC Sunday at 12:30 p.m.
NASCAR heads to Martinsville this weekend, with the Sprint Cup race Sunday at 1 p.m. on Fox. FoxSports1 has the Truck Series Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
The IndyCar season starts in St. Petersburg Sunday at 3 p.m. on ABC.
Formula One visits Malaysia this weekend, with the Grand Prix Sunday at 2:30 a.m. on NBC Sports network. There’s qualifying Saturday at 5 a.m. after Friday practice at 2 a.m.
The Capitals take on the Devils Thursday at 7 p.m. on Comcast, then the Predators visit Saturday at 12:30 p.m. It’s off to Madison Square Garden Sunday at 3 p.m. for a battle with the Rangers.
NBC Sports network offers the Penguins and Sharks Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
Denver meets Boston College in the semifinals of the East Regional on ESPN2 Saturday at 5 p.m., and the Northeast Regional is 5:30 p.m.
The Nationals meet the Mets Thursday at 5 p.m. in preseason baseball on MASN. The Angels face the Cubs on ESPN Thursday at 7 p.m. before Boston battles the Braves Friday at 1 p.m.
ESPN2 has Arena Football between Philadelphia and Orlando Sunday at 7 p.m.
D.C. United battles the Galaxy Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast. Philadelphia faces Chicago on ESPN2 Sunday at 4:50 p.m. and Toronto heads to Salt Lake Sunday at 7 p.m. on FoxSports1.
There’s an international friendly between Brazil and France Thursday at 3:55 p.m. on ESPN2 and Mexico meets Ecuador Saturday at 9:30 p.m.
The road to Euro 2016 continues on ESPN2 Friday at 3:30 p.m. with Spain against Ukraine. Portugal faces Serbia Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
Gas up and go to the PGA’s Valero Open Saturday and Sunday at 3 p .m. on NBC.
NBC Sports network offers the United States freestyle skiing championship Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
Pennsylvania plays Yale in college lacrosse Saturday at 5 p.m. on FoxSports1.

 


68….64….32….16

Who’s your favorite double-digit seed?
Will they survive the weekend?
 finalfour15It’s likely we’ll see a few teams seeded 10 and above make it to the Sweet 16. We’ll find out Thursday starting at noon when Notre Dame plays Northeastern on CBS.
There’s 16 games on Thursday, split among CBS, TBS, TNT and TruTv. In primetime, CBS offers play from Louisville as Cincinnati battles Purdue before top-seeded and undefeated Kentucky takes on Hampton. What’s the point spread?
Virginia starts its tournament Friday around 3:20 p.m. on TruTv against Belmont. The day on CBS begins at noon with Kansas against New Mexico State and Duke tackles Robert Morris Friday at 7 p.m.
CBS starts the round of 32 Saturday at noon, with coverage on TBS and TNT in primetime. There’s three more games in CBS Sunday, along with doubleheaders on TBS and TNT and a 7:30 p.m. game on TruTV.
Then we’ll be down to 16 teams.
The women’s tournament starts Friday at noon on ESPN2, with the rest of the field getting underway Saturday at 11 a.m. The second round starts Sunday at noon on ESPN, with games on ESPN at 7 and 9 p.m.
It’s Miami-Alabama in the second round of the NIT Saturday at 11 a.m., and another contest Sunday at 11 a.m.
The Wizards battle the Clippers Friday at 10:30 p.m. on Comcast, and face the Kings Sunday at 6 p.m.
It’s mat madness on ESPN this weekend, with the NCAA wrestling tournament semifinals Friday at 8 p.m. and finals Saturday at 8 p.m.
ESPN offers exhibition baseball Thursday at 7 p.m., with the Phillies taking on the Yankees.
Marshall meets UAB on the college diamond Sunday at 1 p.m. on Comcast. Texas Tech takes on Oklahoma Saturday at 3 p.m. on MASN2 and FoxSports1 offers Oklahoma State-TCU Sunday at 3 p.m.
NASCAR visits California for the Auto Club 400 Sunday at 3:30 p.m. on Fox. The Xfinity Series hits the track Saturday at 4 p.m. on FoxSports1.
The Capitals head to Minnesota Thursday at 8 p.m. on Comcast and continue the road trip at Winnipeg Saturday at 7 p.m.
The Rangers host the Ducks Sunday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
NBC Sports network has the semifinals of Hockey East Friday at 5 and 8 p.m. and final Saturday at 7 p.m.
There’s a pair of games from the Europa League Thursday on FoxSports1, with Dynamo Kyiv against Everton at 2 p.m. followed by Internazionale Milano facing Wolfsburg.
Manchester City meets West Bromwich Albion on NBC Sports network Saturday at 8:45 a.m., and West Ham United takes on Sunderland at 1:30 p.m. There’s two more contests Sunday, with Liverpool-Manchester United at 9:30 a.m. followed by Hull City clashing with Chelsea at noon.
D.C. United battles the Red Bulls Sunday at 5 p.m. on ESPN2 and Chicago heads to San Jose on FoxSports1 Sunday at 7 p.m.
Army takes on Lehigh in college lacrosse Saturday at 1 p.m. on Comcast.
The quarterfinals of the Paribas Open are Thursday at 2 and 8 p.m. on ESPN2. ESPN has a men’s quarterfinal Friday at 3 p.m., with semifinals Saturday at 2 p.m. and finals Sunday at 2 p.m.
Comcast offers college softball between UNC-Greensboro and Tennessee-Chattanooga Saturday at 3 p.m.
The Big 12 gymnastic championships will be on MASN2 Saturday at 6 p.m.


Farewell to JPJ

In many of the past 15 years, you never knew when Virginia would play its last home basketball game.
They might make the NCAA tournament, but it was more likely an NIT or other college tournament bid that kept the arena going into March.
The scheduled regular season finale wasn’t going to be the final home contest.
Not this year.
When the Hokies visit Saturday at 4 p.m. on the ACC network, it will be the last chance for local fans to see the Cavaliers in action. The second-ranked team closes the regular season with two road games, then it’s time to defend their ACC tournament championship in Greensboro.
The third week of March will be played at an NCAA tournament venue to be determined, not John Paul Jones Arena.
In other ACC action, Georgia Tech takes on Clemson Saturday at noon.
ESPN starts Thursday’s action with Nebraska against Ohio State at 7 p.m., followed by Arizona-Colorado.
Vanderbilt takes on Tennessee Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2. SMU meets Memphis at 9 p.m., with Gonzaga going against San Diego. Iona takes on Manhattan Friday at 7 p.m.
UTEP battles Louisiana Tech Thursday at 8 p.m. on FoxSports1, then Arizona State meets Utah at 10:30 p.m.
CBS gets ready for the NCAA tournament with three games Saturday and two more Sunday. Georgetown faces St. John’s at noon, then North Carolina visits Miami and top-ranked Kentucky battles Arkansas. Sunday’s action starts at 2 p.m. when SMU meets Connecticut, then Michigan State plays Wisconsin.
Villanova visits Xavier on Fox Saturday at 2 p.m.
Maryland meets Michigan Saturday at noon on ESPN, followed by Northern Iowa taking on Wichita State. Texas tangles with Kansas at 5 p.m., then Syracuse heads to Duke and Arizona battles Utah at 9 p.m.
ESPN2 has 14 straight hours of action, starting at noon with Louisville-Florida State. Dayton visits VCU at 2 p.m. and it’s Iowa State-Kansas State followed by Tennessee taking on Florida. The final three games are out west, with Boise State going to San Diego State at 8 p.m. BYU battles Gonzaga then UC Irvine goes against UC Santa Barbara at midnight.
Marquette meets Providence on FoxSports1 Sunday at 3:30 p.m. It’s off to the Pac-12 at 7 p.m. for Oregon-Stanford, then Washington State battles UCLA.
Delaware takes on Drexel Thursday at 7 p.m. on Comcast. North Carolina State faces Boston College Saturday at noon, followed by a pair of CAA matchups – Drexel against William & Mary at 2 p.m. before Hofstra heads to James Madison.
Rhode Island meets LaSalle Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
Liberty hosts Radford Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN. Columbia clashes with Dartmouth Friday at 8 p.m.
UNC-Asheville meets Liberty Saturday at 3 p.m. and there’s Atlantic 10 action between George Mason and Saint Louis at 7 p.m.
MASN2 brings Marshall against Florida International Thursday at 8 p.m. George Washington duels with Davidson Saturday at 7 p.m.
On the women’s hardcourt, Texas takes on West Virginia on ESPN Sunday at 1 p.m. North Carolina battles Duke at 3 p.m. before South Carolina faces Kentucky.
FoxSports1 brings Providence against Villanova Friday at 8:30 p.m.
Virginia hosts Louisville on Comcast Sunday at 1 p.m., followed by Florida State facing Miami.
Baylor battles Iowa State Saturday at 4 p.m. on MASN2. Southern Miss faces UTEP Sunday at 4 p.m.
TNT offers Golden State’s trip to Cleveland Thursday at 8 p.m., then the Thunder meet the Suns.
The Heat visit New Orleans on ESPN Friday at 8 p.m., with Oklahoma City-Portland as the nightcap. The Thunder tangle with the Lakers Sunday at 6:30 p.m.
Comcast has the Wizards’ contest with the Pistons Saturday at 7 p.m.
The Clippers meet the Bulls Sunday at 1 p.m. on ABC, followed by the Cavaliers against the Rockets.
NASCAR heads to Atlanta Sunday at 1 p.m. on Fox. The Xfinity Series will be on FoxSports1 Saturday at 2 p.m., then the trucks take to the track at 5:30 p.m.
NBC brings NHL action to prime time, with the Rangers meeting the Flyers Saturday at 8 p.m.
The Capitals visit Carolina Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast and host Toronto Sunday at 7 p.m.
Nashville hosts the Wild Thursday at 8:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network. The Ducks take on the Stars Sunday at 8 p.m.
On the college ice, Notre Dame faces Boston College Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 6 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The PGA tour moves to Florida and NBC this weekend, with the Honda Classic on Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
The round of 32 of the Europa League tournament continues on FoxSports1 Thursday, with Liverpool against Besiktas at 1 p.m. followed by Everton meeting the Young Boys.
West Ham United faces Crystal Palace Saturday at 7:45 a.m. on NBC Sports network. It’s Liverpool-Manchester City Sunday at 7 a.m. before Everton takes on Arsenal at 9 a.m.
NBC Sports network has the U.S. Indoor track and field championships Saturday and Sunday at 4 p.m.
Freeskiing from the United States Grand Prix will be on NBC Sports network Saturday at 3 p.m.


NBA takes Manhattan

It’s an NBA All-Star weekend too big for one arena.
The best of the NBA head to New York this weekend, with action at both Madison Square Garden and Brooklyn’s Barclay Center.
The activities begin Friday at 7 p.m. with the Celebrity contest on ESPN. The Rising Stars compete in Brooklyn on TNT at 9 p.m.
Brooklyn gets to host the All-Star Saturday night activities, capped by the Slam Dunk contest. Action begins at 8:30 p.m.
The big game tips Sunday at MSG at 8:30 p.m. on TNT.
Before the stars head to New York, TNT has the Cavaliers’ contest with the Bulls Thursday at 8 p.m.
The stars of NASCAR gear up for the Daytona 500 this weekend. The Sprint Unlimited takes the track Saturday at 8 p.m. on Fox., and the first two starting positions will be decided Sunday at 1 p.m. on Fox.
Mississippi meets Florida Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN, followed by Michigan against Illinois. Tulsa takes on Connecticut on ESPN2 Thursday at 7 p.m., then it’s Saint Mary’s battling with BYU.
Colorado clashes with California on FoxSports1 Thursday at 9 p.m.
Arizona heads to Washington Friday at 9 p.m. on ESPN, while ESPN2 has Green Bay against Valparaiso at 7 p.m.
CBS offers Baylor-Kansas Saturday at 1 p.m., with Illinois taking on Wisconsin Sunday at 1 p.m.
North Carolina battles Pitt at noon Saturday on the ACC network. Virginia hosts Wake Forest at 2:30 p.m., and other areas will see Florida State-Georgia Tech.
Ohio State heads to Michigan State Saturday at noon on ESPN, followed by top-ranked Kentucky against South Carolina. It’s off to the ACC at 4 p.m. for Louisville-North Carolina State and Duke’s visit to Syracuse, then SMU hosts Connecticut at 9 p.m.
ESPN2 offers six contests Saturday, starting at noon with Georgia State facing Texas State. VCU visits George Washington at 2 p.m. and West Virginia heads to Iowa State. It’s Illinois State-Wichita State at 6 p.m. before Oklahoma faces Kansas State and New Mexico-Nevada caps the night at 10 p.m.
Marquette meets Creighton on FoxSports1 Saturday at 1 p.m. It’s off to the Pac-12 Sunday, with Stanford-Colorado at 4 p.m. before Arizona faces Washington State at 6:30 p.m.
Virginia Tech heads to Clemson Saturday at noon on Comcast, followed by Lafayette against American. Western Kentucky meets Marshall at 5:30 p.m. Hofstra and Drexel tangle Sunday at 5 p.m.
Northeastern takes on Hofstra on NBC Sports network Thursday at 7 p.m. There’s a pair of games Saturday, with St. Bonaventure-Dayton at 12:30 p.m. before Delaware faces William & Mary. Towson meets College of Charleston Sunday at 12:30 p.m. and it’s back to the A-10 for St. Joseph’s-Fordham.
On the women’s hardcourt, ESPN2 brings three games on Sunday. North Carolina takes on Louisville at 1 p.m., then it’s Kentucky-Tennessee before West Virginia heads to Baylor at 5 p.m.
Florida State takes on North Carolina Thursday at 7 p.m. on Comcast. There’s a pair of contests Sunday afternoon, as Florida State visits Virginia at 1 p.m. before Georgia Tech goes against Miami.
FoxSports1 offers St. John’s against Marquette Friday at 9 p.m. St. John’s goes against DePaul Sunday at 2 p.m.
The Capitals’ west coast trip includes contests with the Kings Saturday at 10 p.m. and Ducks Sunday at 8 p.m. on Comcast.
Comcast brings the Flyers’ contest with the Blue Jackets Friday at 7 p.m.
The Blackhawks host the Penguins on NBC Sunday at 12:30 p.m.
On the college ice, Providence faces Notre Dame Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The PGA tour visits Pebble Beach this weekend, with coverage on CBS Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
West Bromwich Albion faces West Ham United in FA Cup action Saturday at 7:30 a.m. on FoxSports1. Aston Villa meets Leicester City Sunday at 7:30 a.m.
The United States meets England in a women’s international soccer friendly on FoxSports1 Friday at 3 p.m.
NBC Sports network has the finals of the Women’s Giant Slalom World Championships Thursday at 4 p.m. The men’s Giant Slalom will be Friday at 4 p.m.
The Millrose Games will be on NBC Sports network Saturday at 6 p.m.
The rugby World Seven Series are Saturday at 4:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.