Race day

Memorial Day weekend can mean beach trips or picnics.
Remembering our veterans.
And lots of auto racing.
There’s speed from Europe to North Carolina Sunday, from early morning to late into the night.
NBC gets the action going at 7:30 a.m. with the Formula One Grand Prix of Monaco.
The flag drops at  the 99th Indianapolis 500 at noon on ABC. Then the NASCAR crews go deep into the night at Charlotte, with coverage of the Coca-Cola 600 starting at 6 p.m. on Fox.
Before the big day, it’s Carb Day from Indianapolis Friday at 11 a.m. on NBC Sports network, with the Indy Lights race at noon.
The Infinity Series hits the track in Charlotte Saturday at 2:30 p.m. on Fox.
NBC Sports network has qualifying from Monaco Saturday at 8 a.m. and practice Thursday at 8 a.m.
The NBA and NHL are in the midst of their conference finals.
The Warriors host the Rockets Thursday at 9 p.m. on ESPN, with Game 3 Saturday at 9 p.m. on ESPN. TNT has the Eastern finals, with Game 2 from Atlanta Friday at 8:30 p.m. and Game 3 in Cleveland Sunday at 8:30 p.m.
On ice, the Blackhawks host Game 3 against the Ducks Thursday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network, with Game 4 on NBC Saturday at 8 p.m. Tampa Bay faces the Rangers Friday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network with Game 5 Sunday at 8 p.m.
The Orioles close out a series with the Mariners Thursday at 12:30 p.m. on MASN, then head to Miami. Games Friday and Sunday are on MASN2, with Saturday’s game on Fox at 7:15 p.m. Other parts of the country will see either the Angels-Red Sox or the battle of Missouri between the Royals and Cardinals.
The Nationals take on the Phillies on MASN for the weekend. The Braves battle the Brewers Saturday at 4 p.m. on FoxSports1 and ESPN has the Yankees and Rangers Sunday at 8 p.m.
Comcast carries the ACC baseball tournament, continuing Thursday at 11 a.m. when North Carolina State faces Notre Dame. It’s Louisville-Clemson at 3 p.m. followed by North Carolina meeting Florida State.
Friday’s play begins at 11 a.m. with Virginia-Notre Dame, followed by Clemson against North Carolina and Miami meeting North Carolina State. Florida State faces Louisville Saturday at 11 a.m. and it’s Miami-Notre Dame at 3 p.m.
ESPN2 has the ACC championship Sunday at 1 p.m. and the SEC title tilt at 4:30 p.m. The Big 12 championship will be on FoxSports1 Sunday at 1 p.m.
NCAA crowns its lacrosse champion this weekend. Denver meets top-seeded Notre Dame Saturday at 1 p.m., followed Johns Hopkins-Maryland. The winners meet Monday at 1 p.m. on ESPN2.
It’s Super Regional weekend for NCAA softball. Florida State faces Tennessee Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2, followed by Georgia-Michigan at 9 p.m. ESPN has a pair of contests if necessary Friday at 7 and 9 p.m. while ESPN2 offers Oklahoma against Alabama Friday at 7 p.m.
Saturday’s play starts at noon on ESPN with Auburn facing Louisiana-Lafayette, then it’s North Carolina State meeting Oregon before the second contest between Oklahoma and Alabama. There’s a third game, if necessary, on ESPN2 at 8 p.m. before Arizona battles LSU at 10 p.m.
The second game between top-seeded Florida and Kentucky will be Sunday at noon on ESPN, with a deciding game if necessary at 3 p.m. and LSU against Arizona at 5 p.m. ESPN2 carries a deciding game if necessary at 8 p.m.
D.C. United tangles with New England Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast. FoxSports1 has a pair of contests Sunday, with Philadelphia facing the Red Bulls at 5 p.m. before Orlando City travels to San Jose.
There’s 10 Premier League matches on 10 networks at 10 a.m. Sunday. NBC carries Hull City against Manchester United, while NBC Sports network has Chelsea-Sunderland and USA offers Newcastle United meeting West Ham.
Arsenal battles West Bromwich on Bravo, Aston Villa and Burnley meet on Esquire and Crystal Palace try to entertain on E! CNBC brings Everton and Tottenham Hotspur, with last-place Queens Park Rangers meeting Leicester on Oxygen, Manchester City taking on Southampton on MSNBC and Stoke City playing Liverpool on SyFy.
The PGA tour spends the weekend in Texas, with coverage on CBS Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. NBC carries the Senior PGA Championship Saturday at 1 p.m. and Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
Rochester meets Toronto in indoor lacrosse Saturday at 7 p.m. on MASN2.
Play begins at the French Open Sunday at 5 a.m. on ESPN2.
NBC Sports network has motorcycle racing from Glen Helen Saturday at 7 p.m.


They’re off and running

It’s the weekend for young horses to race for immortality.
And NFL teams to stock their rosters with young talent for next season.
Churchill Downs hosts the 141st Kentucky Derby, with coverage starting Saturday at 4 p.m. on NBC. After two minutes around the track, one horse will have a chance to win the Triple Crown.
NBC Sports network has coverage of the Kentucky Oaks Friday starting at 12:30 p.m.
ESPN and NFL Network announce the first round of picks Thursday at 8 p.m. The second round starts Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2 and the final day kicks off Saturday at noon on ESPN.
Enjoy your weekend of Mel Kiper Jr. insights from Chicago.
After three series sweeps, the NBA postseason will move into its second round Sunday when Golden State hosts Memphis on ABC at 3:30 p.m.
A few series remain to complete the first round, with Bucks and Bulls Thursday at 7 p.m. on TNT and the Clippers and Spurs battling at 9:30 p.m. Saturday’s schedule depends on the outcomes of these games.
The Nets and Hawks meet in Game 6 Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPN, with a Game 7 Sunday if necessary.
The Nationals visit the Mets for the weekend, starting Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN. The Orioles take their show on the road, playing in Tampa Bay against the Rays on MASN2.
FoxSports1 has the Angels and Giants Saturday at 4 p.m., followed by Reds-Braves. The Yankees and Red Sox battle on ESPN Sunday at 8 p.m.
On the college diamond, Louisville meets Clemson Saturday at 1 p.m. on Comcast.
The Capitals and Rangers start the second round of the NHL playoffs Thursday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports network. The Ducks host Calgary at 10 p.m.
Montreal hosts Tampa Bay Friday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports network, followed by Wild at Blackhawks at 9:30 p.m.
NBC has Game 2 between the Rangers and Capitals Saturday at 12:30 p.m. NBC Sports network has the Canadiens against Lightning Sunday at 6 p.m., and the Wild-Blackhawks at 8:30 p.m., and CNBC brings the Ducks and Flames at 10 p.m.
On the international stage, the United States faces Finland Friday at 10 a.m. in the world championships on NBC Sports network. The Sledge Hockey gold medal game will be Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
NASCAR hopes to avoid raindrops in this weekend’s trip to Talladega. Fox has the Spring Cup race Sunday at 1 p.m., after the Xfinity Series goes Saturday at 3 p.m.
NBC offers the WGC Match Play Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.
D.C. United hosts Columbus Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast. Sporting Kansas City takes on Chicago on ESPN2 Sunday at 5 p.m. and Seattle faces New York City at 7 p.m. on FoxSports1.
Leicester City meets Newcastle United Saturday at 7:45 a.m. on NBC Sports network. Chelsea clashes with Crystal Palace Sunday at 8:30 a.m., followed by Tottenham Hotspur against Manchester City at 11 a.m.
Comcast has a semifinal of the Ivy League women’s college lacrosse tournament Friday at 7 p.m. The final is Sunday at 11 a.m., and the CAA tournament final will be Sunday at 1 p.m.
ESPN has a pair of SEC softball games Sunday – Kentucky against Tennessee at 1 p.m. followed by Auburn meeting LSU at 3 p.m.
The college rugby Varsity Cup championship will be on NBC Sports network Saturday at 4 p.m.


The ball is tipped…

Can Kentucky complete the 40-0 run?
finalfour15The Wildcats take aim at college basketball history this weekend, facing Wisconsin Saturday in the second semifinal at the Final Four.
TBS has coverage of Saturday’s contests, starting at 6 p.m. when Duke battles Michigan State.
CBS carries Monday’s final at 9 p.m., finishing with the cutting down of the nets and a new edition of One Shining Moment.
The women hold their Final Four Sunday, with four top seeds taking the court. South Carolina clashes with Notre Dame at 6:30 p.m., followed by Maryland-Connecticut. The women’s championship contest will be Tuesday.
Stanford takes on Miami in the NIT championship Thursday at 9 p.m.
ESPN has a boys high school championship game Saturday at noon, after semifinals on ESPN2 Friday at 3 and 5. The best girls teams play Saturday at 10 a.m. on ESPN2.
NBA basketball returns to TNT Thursday, with Cleveland hosting the Heat at 8 p.m. before the Suns meet the Warriors.
Oklahoma City battles Memphis on ESPN Friday at 8 p.m., with Trail Blazers-Lakers as the nightcap.
The Wizards meet the Knicks Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.
The Thunder take on the Rockets Sunday at 1 p.m. on ABC, followed by Bulls-Cavaliers.
With the Wrigley Field bleachers under construction, the Cubs and Cardinals open the season Sunday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.
The Orioles and Braves get ready for Opening Day with a contest Friday at 6 p.m. on MASN, while the Nationals host the Yankees Saturday at 1 p.m. ESPN has the Yankees and Tigers Thursday at 1 p.m.
The Capitals hit the road this weekend, visiting Montreal Thursday at 7:30 p.m. on Comcast before meeting Ottawa Saturday at 7 p.m. and Detroit Sunday at 5 p.m.
Comcast offers Flyers-Hurricanes Saturday at 1 p.m. and NBC has the Flyers’ battle with the Penguins Sunday at 12:30 p.m.
The Red Wings face the Bruins Thursday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network and the Blues battle the Blackhawks Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
Arsenal tangles with Liverpool Saturday at 7:45 a.m. on NBC Sports network, followed by Manchester United-Aston Villa. Burnley battles Tottenham Hotspur Sunday at 8:30 a.m. and Newcastle United takes on Sunderland at 11 a.m.
San Jose takes on Real Salt Lake Sunday at 5 p.m. on ESPN2 and Philadelphia meets Kansas City at 7 p.m. on FoxSports1.
There’s an international women’s friendly between the United States and New Zealand Saturday at 4 p.m. on FoxSports1.
The PGA tour gears up for the Masters at the Houston Open this weekend, with NBC coverage Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
NBC Sports network has the road to the Kentucky Derby with the Wood Memorial and Bluegrass Stakes Saturday at 5 p.m.
Arizona meets Las Vegas in Arena Football Saturday at 10:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
ESPN2 offers action from the Miami Open Thursday at 1 and 7 p.m. The men’s semifinals are Friday at 1 and 7 p.m. with the women’s championship Saturday at 1 p.m. The men’s crown will be decided Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN.
FoxSports1 has Villanova against Denver in college lacrosse Friday at 8:30 p.m.
Oregon takes on UCLA in college softball Sunday at 3 p.m. on ESPN2.


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.


Race day

From Monaco to Indianapolis and then Charlotte, Sunday is the day for racing.
NBC drops the flag with the Formula One Grand Prix of Monaco, starting at 7:30 a.m. As an appetizer, there’s qualifying Saturday at 8 a.m. on NBC Sports network and practice Thursday at 8 a.m.
It’s the 98th running of the Indianapolis 500, starting at 11 a.m. on ABC. NBC Sports network has pre-race events, with the Carb Day action Friday at 11 a.m. and Indy Lights at noon.
NASCAR finishes the big day with 600 miles at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Fox has coverage starting at 6 p.m., and ABC carries the Nationwide race Saturday at 3 p.m. FoxSports1 has Sprint Cup qualifying Thursday at 7 p.m.
Baltimore hosts the NCAA men’s lacrosse championship, with Duke against Denver at 1 p.m. Saturday on ESPN2. Maryland battles Notre Dame at 3:30 p.m., and the title will be decided Monday.
It’s the midpoint for conference finals in the NBA and NHL. The Heat host the Pacers in Game 3 Saturday at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN, with Game 4 Monday at 8:30 p.m. while the Western final heads to Oklahoma City Sunday at 8:30 p.m. on TNT.
The Rangers host Game 3 against the Canadians Thursday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network, with Game 4 Sunday at 8 p.m. NBC carries the third game between Chicago and Los Angeles Saturday at 8 p.m.
Fox has its first baseball action of the season Saturday at 7:15 p.m., with Nationals at Pirates among the choices. Other parts of the country will see either the Cardinals meet the Reds or Royals against Angels. FoxSports1 has the Rangers and Tigers Saturday at 4 p.m., and ESPN offers Cardinals-Reds Sunday at 8 p.m.
The Orioles host Cleveland in a four-game series starting Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN (Sunday afternoon on MASN2). The Nationals visit Pittsburgh on MASN2 Thursday and Friday, and Sunday on MASN.
Comcast has three games from the ACC tournament Thursday, starting at 11 a.m. with Virginia against Maryland. Duke meets Georgia Tech at 3 p.m. and Clemson plays Miami at 7 p.m. There’s three more games Friday starting at 11 a.m. as Florida State battles Maryland. It’s Clemson-Georgia Tech at 3 p.m. and Virginia meets North Carolina at 7 p.m. Saturday’s play starts at 11 a.m. with Miami-Duke, and Maryland takes on North Carolina at 3 p.m.
The title tilt is on ESPN2 Sunday at 1 p.m., with the SEC championship at 4:30 p.m. FoxSports1 has the Big East championship Sunday at 1 p.m. and Big 12 at 5:30 p.m.
CBS has the PGA Tour’s Colonial tournament Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. The best senior golfers hold their PGA championship Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
D.C. United visits New England Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on Comcast.
It’s super regional weekend for the NCAA softball field, starting Thursday on ESPN when Michigan meets Florida State at 7 p.m. Nebraska faces Alabama at 9 p.m. Tennessee and Oklahoma battle on ESPN2 Friday at 7 p.m. while ESPN has games at 7 and 9 p.m. if needed to decide Softball World Series berths.
The second game between Baylor and Georgia starts the day Saturday at noon on ESPN. There’s a decisive game scheduled at 3 p.m., then Game 2 of the Tennessee-Oklahoma series at 5 p.m. ESPN2 has a possible third game at 8 p.m., then top-seeded Oregon plays Minnesota at 10 p.m.
Sunday’s action starts at noon on ESPN, with game 2 from Oregon at 5 p.m. and a decisive game if necessary on ESPN2 at 8 p.m.
NBC Sports network carries action from the World Ice Hockey Championships, including quarterfinals Thursday at 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
The French Open starts on ESPN2 Sunday at 5 a.m. NBC has coverage at noon.


Racing for history

It’s been the longest run without a Triple Crown winner since the races started in the 19th century.
California Chrome hopes to keep its championship hopes alive at Pimlico Saturday.
NBC carries the Preakness Stakes, starting at 4:30 p.m. If California Chrome wins, it’s off to Belmont for a shot at the Triple Crown. If not, it’s wait until next year again.
Lady Gaga had to make way for a potential Game 6 for the Wizards, and they will try to extend their series with the Pacers Thursday at 8 p.m. on ESPN. The Thunder and Clippers battle at 10:30 p.m. Game 7 in either series will be held Sunday, if necessary.
The Heat and Spurs await their conference final foe after clinching their series on Wednesday.
The Kings and Ducks have their series-deciding game Friday at 9 p.m. on NBC Sports network. The conference finals start Saturday at 1 p.m. when Montreal hosts the New York Rangers on NBC. Chicago plays the winner of Friday’s game Sunday at 3 p.m.
The Orioles head to Kansas City Thursday at 8 p.m. on MASN, with games on MASN2 the rest of the weekend. The Nationals host the Mets on MASN Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
ESPN offers the Red Sox and Tigers Sunday at 8 p.m. There’s a Thursday afternoon contest on FoxSports1 between the Padres and Reds at 12:30 p.m., and the Pirates visit the Yankees Saturday at 4 p.m.
On college diamond, Comcast offers North Carolina at Miami Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m. Florida travels to Tennessee Saturday at 1 p.m. Kansas State hosts Texas Sunday at 4:30 p.m. on FoxSports1.
FoxSports1 carries the NASCAR all-star race Saturday at 8:30 p.m., after the all-star qualifying race at 7 p.m. ESPN has the Nationwide race from Iowa Sunday at 2 p.m.
The field for the Indianapolis 500 will be set after qualifying Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. on ABC.
A pair of ACC teams try to advance to the NCAA lacrosse final four Saturday, with Maryland facing Bryant at noon followed by Albany-Notre Dame.
D.C. United hosts Montreal Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.
It’s time for the Byron Nelson Championship on CBS Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
Portland plays San Jose in Arena Football on ESPN2 Saturday at 10 p.m.
The NCAA softball tournament starts Friday on ESPN2 with South Florida-South Carolina at 4:30 p.m. followed by Fordham-Florida State. Play continues in the Tallahasse regional on ESPN Saturday at noon, with three games before heading to Tucson at 7 p.m. The regional finals are Sunday at noon in Tallahasse and Tucson at 4:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
New York plays Chicago in WNBA action Saturday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.
The Tour of California continues with stages Thursday at 5 p.m., Friday at 4:30 p.m. and Saturday at 5 p.m. on NBC Sports network. Stage eight will be Sunday at 1 p.m. on NBC.


Hi mom, I’ve been drafted

The NFL draft is later than usual this year – a late Easter meant Radio City Music Hall wasn’t available for the usual end of April timeframe.
So the draft kicks off Thursday and continues through Mother’s Day weekend – giving players another chance to say “Hi Mom” to the cameras.
The Houston Texans have been on the clock since December. ESPN and NFL network have the first round starting at 8 p.m. Thursday, as the speculation ends and the new hats come out.
The second round starts Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN and moves to ESPN2 at 8 p.m. Saturday’s picks begin at noon on ESPN.
Then it’s time to get ready for the new season.
It’s Premier League championship Sunday, and NBC and its networks will show all 10 games at 10 a.m. Manchester City looks to clinch the crown against West Ham on NBC, while Liverpool goes against Newcastle on NBC Sports network. It’s Chelsea battling last-place Cardiff City on CNBC, Arsenal-Norwich City on MSNBC and Bravo shows Everton at Hull City.
Over on USA network, Tottenham Hotspur plays Aston Villa. SyFy has Manchester United clashing with Southampton and Stoke City visits West Ham on Oxygen. The stars of Crystal Palace and Fulham will be on E! and Swansea City and Sunderland are styling on Esquire.
Some move onto the Champions League, and the bottom three move down to make room for the some second division talent for next season’s contests.
NBA conference semifinals continue Thursday with the Heat battling the Nets on ESPN2 at 7 p.m. followed by Rockets-Spurs. The Wizards host top-seeded Indiana Friday on ESPN at 8 p.m., and the Thunder and Clippers battle in L.A. at 10:30 p.m.
Action in the Heat-Nets series moves to Brooklyn Saturday at 8 p.m. on ABC, and San Antonio heads to Portland at 10:30 p.m. ABC carries the fourth game of Thunder-Clippers Sunday at 3:30 p.m. and the Wizards and Pacers battle at 8 p.m. on TNT.
The NHL playoffs continue Thursday on NBC Sports network, with the Bruins at Canadiens at 7:30 p.m. The Kings meet the Ducks at 10 p.m.
It’s Game 5 in Pittsburgh Friday at 7 p.m., and the Wild host Chicago at 9:30 p.m. The Bruins and Canadiens play in Boston Saturday at 7 p.m. before the Kings and Ducks meet at 9:30 p.m. Sunday at 7:30 p.m. will feature a Game 6, if necessary.
Belarus faces the United States in the World Ice Hockey Championships Friday at 1:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network. It’s the United States against Switzerland Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
The Orioles close a series in Tampa Bay Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN, then host Houston over the weekend. The Nationals head to Oakland for the weekend on MASN2.
ESPN has the Pirates hosting St. Louis Sunday at 8 p.m. The Giants meet the Dodgers on FoxSports1 Saturday at 4 p.m., followed by Indians-Rays.
On the college diamond, St. John’s faces Creighton Sunday at 1 p.m. Comcast offers Florida State against North Carolina Saturday at 1 p.m., with Tennessee battling Mississippi State at 8 p.m. Miami heads to Duke Sunday at noon.
NBC carries The Players Championship Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.
Virginia hosts Johns Hopkins in the NCAA lacrosse tournament Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN2.
NASCAR spends Mother’s Day weekend in Kansas, with Sprint Cup series on Fox Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
The Brickyard hosts the first Grand Prix of Indianapolis, using the front straightway and road course area, Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on ABC.
The Formula One circuit visits Spain, with the race Sunday at 7:30 a.m. on NBC Sports network. There’s qualifying Saturday at 8 a.m. after practice Friday at 8 a.m.
In the MLS, the Galaxy visit Portland Sunday at 2:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network. D.C. United visits Philadelphia Saturday at 4 p.m. on Comcast.
NBC Sports network carries the first stage of the Tour de California Sunday at 5 p.m.
It’s softball championship Saturday on ESPN2. The ACC crowns its champion at 2 p.m., followed by the American conference at 4 p.m. and SEC at 8 p.m. FoxSports1 has the final in the Big East Saturday at noon.
Comcast has the ACC softball quarterfinals Thursday starting at 11 a.m., and the semifinals Friday at 1 and 3 p.m.


Run for the Roses

It’s been 35 years without a Triple Crown winner.
By nightfall Saturday, we’ll know which horse has a chance in 2014. NBC’s coverage of the Kentucky Derby starts at 4 p.m. and twenty horses hope to be in the lead when “down the stretch they come.”
NBC Sports network has the early races and Derby prep starting Saturday at noon.
The fillies race in the Kentucky Oaks Friday at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
Ice hockey hits its conference semifinals Thursday with Montreal visiting Boston at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network. The Rangers visit Pittsburgh Friday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports network, followed by Wild-Blackhawks. The Canadiens and Bruins take the ice for Game 2 Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on NBC, and the Ducks and Kings meet at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
NBC has the second game between the Blackhawks and Wild Sunday at 3 p.m., with the Rangers and Penguins at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The Heat and Wizards have already advanced to the second round, and await the completion of other first round action.
TNT has Game 6 between the Thunder and Grizzlies Thursday at 8 p.m., then the Clippers battle the Warriors at 10:30 p.m.
Friday starts on ESPN2 with the Raptors and Nets at 7:30 p.m. The Mavericks try to stay alive against the Spurs on ESPN at 8 p.m., then the Rockets and TrailBlazers battle.
Results Thursday and Friday will determine the schedule for the rest of the weekend.
MASN has the water-logged Orioles playing a make-up doubleheader with Pittsburgh Thursday at 4 p.m. The Orioles head to Minnesota for the weekend on MASN2, while the Nationals face the Phillies on MASN.
The Cubs host the Cardinals Saturday at 1 p.m. on FoxSports1, then it’s Royals-Tigers at 7 p.m. ESPN brings the Cubs and Cardinals Sunday at 8 p.m.
On the college diamond, East Carolina hosts Florida International Saturday at 7 p.m. on MASN2. Comcast has Florida meeting Alabama Friday at 7:30 p.m., and Virginia Tech plays Georgia Tech Saturday at 1 p.m. It’s back to the SEC Sunday at 2:30 p.m. when Arkansas hosts Mississippi.
ESPN2 has LSU facing Texas A&M Saturday at 1 p.m.
It’s Talladega weekend in NASCAR, with the Sprint Cup racers hitting the track Sunday at 1 p.m. on Fox. The Nationwide racers go Saturday at 3 p.m. on ESPN.
The PGA tour visits Charlotte this weekend, with CBS covering the Wells Fargo Championships Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
Columbus clashes with Kansas City in MLS play Sunday at 4 p.m. on NBC Sports network. D.C. United travels to Portland Saturday at 10 p.m. on Comcast.
West Ham United faces Tottenham Hotspur Saturday at 7:45 a.m. on NBC Sports network, followed by Manchester United against Sunderland. Sunday’s contests begin at 8:30 a.m. with Arsenal against West Bromwich Albion, and Chelsea meets Norwich City at 11 a.m.
FoxSports1 brings the second leg of the Europa League semifinal between Juventus and SL Benfica Thursday at 3 p.m.
ESPN offers Alabama against Missouri in college softball Thursday at 8 p.m. Florida travels to Arkansas Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m., with Stanford meeting UCLA at 3 p.m.
Spokane plays the LA Kiss in Arena Football Sunday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.
The Big East crowns its lacrosse champion Saturday at 4:30 p.m. on FoxSports1. Comcast has the women’s lacrosse final from the Atlantic Sun Sunday at noon.
In Major League Lacrosse, Chesapeake takes on New York Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.
The college rugby Varsity Cup will be Saturday at 4 p.m. on NBC Sports network.


Racing in Richmond

Tis the season for night racing.
NASCAR is in the midst of four night races – plus the all-star weekend – in five events. The lights will be on in Richmond Saturday on Fox at 7 p.m.
Seven different drivers won in the first seven races, with Kevin Harvick becoming the first repeat winner at Darlington under the lights two weeks ago. The month of May features a night race in Kansas before the all-star race and Coke 600 in Charlotte Memorial Day weekend.
The Nationwide drivers hit the track Friday on ESPNews at 7 p.m.
NBC Sports network carries the Indy Car circuit from Alabama Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
The NBA and NHL playoffs reach the middle of the first round contests this weekend. TNT has the third games of Oklahoma City-Memphis and Clippers-Warriors, starting Thursday at 8 p.m.
Washington, up two games to none, hosts Chicago Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPN and Comcast. ESPN2 offers the Raptors heading to Brooklyn at 7 p.m., and ESPN has Houston-Portland at 10:30 p.m.
TNT has the Hawks and Pacers Saturday at 2 p.m., followed by Spurs-Mavericks. The Bobcats host the Heat Saturday at 7 p.m. on ESPN, and the Grizzlies take on the Thunder in the nightcap.
ABC’s Sunday doubleheader starts with the Wizards and Bulls at 1 p.m. The Clippers and Warriors tangle at 3:30 p.m., then it’s off to TNT for the Raptors facing the Nets at 7 p.m. and Rockets battling the TrailBlazers at 9:30 p.m.
NBC Sports network has Game 4 between the Bruins and Red Wings Thursday at 8 p.m., followed by Sharks-Kings. On CNBC, the Avalanche face the Wild at 9:30 p.m.
The Flyers and Rangers play the fourth game of their series Friday at 7 p.m. on CNBC. The Blackhawks face the Blues on NBC Sports network at 8 p.m., then the Stars visit the Ducks at 10:30 p.m.
NBC plans Red Wings-Bruins Saturday at 3 p.m., and NBC Sports network brings the Blue Jackets against Penguins at 7 p.m. followed by Wild-Avalanche. The Rangers and Flyers return to New York Sunday at noon on NBC.
The Orioles close a series in Toronto Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN, then host Kansas City over the weekend. The Nationals start a four-game set with San Diego Thursday on MASN2.
ESPN has the Yankees against Angels Sunday at 8 p.m., and the teams meet on FoxSports1 Saturday at 1 p.m. The Pirates and Cardinals battle at 4 p.m.
On the college diamond, Comcast has three games on Saturday. They start in the ACC with Georgia Tech against North Carolina State at 1 p.m., then it’s Georgia at Vanderbilt at 4 p.m.  Clemson faces Miami at 7 p.m.
South Carolina faces Alabama Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN.
Arena Football comes to ESPN2 Sunday at 4 p.m., with Iowa facing Philadelphia.
New Orleans hosts the PGA tour for the Zurich Classic Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. on CBS.
Manchester United meets Norwich City in Premier League action on NBC Saturday at 12:30 p.m. Everton takes on Southampton on NBC Sports network at 7:45 a.m., then Stoke City battles Tottenham Hotspur at 10 a.m. There’s three more games Sunday, starting Sunderland against Cardiff City at 7 a.m. Liverpool clashes with Chelsea at 9 a.m. before Crystal Palace faces Manchester City.
Comcast offers the ACC women’s lacrosse tournament, with quarterfinal games Thursday at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. The semifinals are Friday at 1 and 3 p.m. with the final Sunday at 1 p.m.
Baylor hosts Kansas in college softball on MASN2 Saturday at 4 p.m. ESPN shows Alabama-Georgia Thursday at 8 p.m.
NBC Sports network has the Penn Relays Saturday at noon and Drake Relays at 3 p.m.