Final countdown

The long and winding road of the NBA and NHL playoffs have reached their final matchups.
And the eight best softball teams are competing in Oklahoma City for the Women’s College World Series title.
Golden State tries to complete its record season, hosting Cleveland in the NBA Finals starting Thursday at 9 p.m. on ABC. Game 2 will be Sunday at 8 p.m.
The Warriors won a record 73 contests in the regular season, but needed three straight victories to advance to the Finals. The Cavaliers return as their opponent with only two losses so far in the postseason.
In the Stanley Cup Final, it’s Game 3 from San Jose Saturday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network. The Penguins took a 2-0 series win with an overtime victory Wednesday.
Georgia and Florida State start the Women’s College World Series Thursday at noon on ESPN, followed by UCLA-Auburn at 2:30 p.m. Alabama clashes with Oklahoma at 7 p.m. on ESPN, with the nightcap matching LSU and Michigan.
There’s a pair of games Friday at 7 and 9:30 p.m. on ESPN2, with four contests Saturday. ESPN has two starting at noon, followed by the night session on ESPN2 at 7 p.m.
Bracket play concludes Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN and 3:30 p.m. on ESPN2, with games later in the day on ESPN2 if necessary. The two bracket winners advance to the best-of-three final beginning Monday night.
The Orioles close out a series with the Red Sox Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN before hosting the Yankees for the weekend. Games Friday and Sunday are on MASN, with Saturday’s game on Fox.
The Nationals take on the Reds Friday and Sunday on MASN2, and Saturday afternoon on MASN.
The Giants and Cardinals battle on Fox Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 8 p.m. on ESPN. Fox also carries the Royals and Indians Saturday. On FoxSports1 Saturday at 4 p.m., the Rays battle the Twins.
NCAA regional baseball play begins this weekend, with play on ESPN2 Saturday at noon.

NASCAR visits Pocono, with the Sprint Cup race on FoxSports1 Sunday at 1 p.m. The Xfinity Series goes Saturday at 1 p.m. on Fox.
The Indy Car Dual in Detroit will be Saturday and Sunday at 3:30 p.m. on ABC.
NBC brings the finals from the French Open Saturday and Sunday at 9 p.m. The men’s semifinals will be Friday at 11 a.m. on NBC Sports network, with the women’s doubles final Sunday at 6 a.m.
CBS offers the Memorial tournament Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
It’s X Games weekend on ESPN. Action starts Thursday at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN. There’s a Moto X Freestyle final Friday at 7 p.m., and more completion Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 3:30 p.m.

Copa America Centenario starts group play Friday at 9:30 p.m. when the United States takes on Colombia on FoxSports1. Fox has Costa Rica against Paraguay Saturday at 5 p.m. and Brazil battles Ecuador from the Rose Bowl at 10 p.m. on FoxSports1.
Jamaica takes on Venezuela on Fox Sunday at 5 p.m. followed by it’s Mexico-Uruguay from Phoenix on FoxSports1 at 8 p.m.
The United States women have an international friendly with Japan Thursday at 7:30 p.m. on FoxSports1 and Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN2.
Rugby’s Penn Mutual Collegiate Championship will be on NBC Sports network Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m., with additional action on NBC Saturday and Sunday at 4 p.m.
There’s motorcycle racing from Thunder Valley on NBC Sports network on NBC Sports network Saturday at 4 p.m.
NBC Sports network has the Arena Pro Grand Prix swim meet Sunday at 8 p.m.


Is it finally the Triple Crown year?

Twice in the past three years, a horse went to the Belmont Stakes with a chance to win the Triple Crown.
And failed.
American Pharoah tries to end the 37-year drought at Saturday’s Belmont Stakes. NBC has coverage at 4:30 p.m.
An eight-horse field will tackle the longest race of the Triple Crown, and American Pharoah drew the fifth slot Wednesday. A first place finish after that will make major history.
NBC Sports network has earlier races in the day at 2:30 p.m.
Can LeBron James bring a championship to Cleveland? He gets another chance starting Thursday when the Cavaliers take on the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals. ABC has coverage of Game 1 at 9 p.m., with Game 2 Sunday at 8 p.m.
It’s game 2 of the Stanley Cup playoffs between Chicago and Tampa Bay Saturday at 7:15 p.m. on NBC.
The women’s World Cup gets underway Saturday in Canada, with the host squad meeting China on FoxSports1 at 6 p.m.
D.C. United hosts Toronto Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast and Dallas takes on San Jose Sunday at 7 p.m. on FoxSports1.
The United States faces the Netherlands in an international friendly Friday at 2:20 p.m. on ESPN and Ireland meets England Sunday at 7:55 a.m. on ESPN2.
The Orioles close a series with the Astros Thursday at 2 p.m. on MASN before heading to Cleveland for the weekend. Games Friday and Saturday are on MASN2, with Sunday afternoon on MASN.
The Nationals meet the Cubs for a four-game set, starting Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN. Coverage will be on MASN Friday and Saturday, with Sunday’s game at 4 p.m. on MASN2.
Fox Saturday baseball offers Braves-Pirates, White Sox against Tigers and Yankees battling the Angels at 7 p.m. The Royals meet the Rangers on FoxSports1 Saturday at 2 p.m., and ESPN closes the weekend with Cardinals-Dodgers Sunday at 8 p.m.
The NCAA Super Regionals get underway Friday at 4 p.m., with Arkansas-Missouri State followed by Florida-Florida State on ESPN2.
ESPN has a pair of games Saturday, with Miami meeting VCU at 2 p.m. and Texas A&M starting its best-of-three with TCU at 5 p.m. There’s four games on ESPN2, starting at 11 a.m. when Louisville faces Cal State Fullerton. Missouri State meets Arkansas at 2 p.m., then it’s Florida-Florida State and LSU battles Louisiana-Lafayette at 8 p.m.
Sunday brings three games on ESPN2, starting at noon, while Texas A&M-TCU tangle at 2:15 p.m.
The French Open ends its run, with the women’s final Saturday at 9 a.m. and the men’s final Sunday at 9 a.m. on NBC. ESPN2 has the women’s semifinals Thursday at 9 a.m. and NBC brings semifinal coverage Thursday and Friday at 11 a.m.
CBS offers the Memorial Tournament Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
NASCAR heads to Pocono Sunday at 1 p.m. on FoxSports1, while the Truck Series races at Texas Friday at 9 p.m.
NBC Sports network brings the IndyCar Firestone 600 Saturday at 8 p.m. There’s qualifying Friday at 6 p.m.
Formula One visit Canada, with race coverage on NBC Sunday at 2 p.m. NBC Sports network has qualifying Saturday at 1 p.m. after practice Friday at 2 p.m.
The X Games start their run with Moto X action on ESPN Thursday at 8:30 p.m. Action continues Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at noon and 8 p.m. (2 p.m. on ABC) and closes Sunday at noon on ESPN and at 2 p.m. on ABC.


Time for stars to shine

As we await the Super Bowl commercials and halftime show (there’s a game too?), some of the top athletes in their fields will gather this weekend.
The NFL moves the Pro Bowl to the Super Bowl site this year, with the best of both leagues competing Sunday at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
Hall of Famers Cris Carter and Michael Irvin drafted players for their teams Wednesday, and the coaches of the Ravens and Cowboys’ staffs will guide the teams from the sidelines.
Columbus hosts the NHL all-star game Sunday at 5 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
What will be the rosters of the two teams? The teams will be drafted Friday at 8 p.m. and the skills competition hits the ice Saturday at 7 p.m.
College football players look to impress the scouts at the Senior Bowl Saturday at 4 p.m. on the NFL network. Mel Kiper knows everybody on the field.
NBC offers the U.S. Skating Championship this weekend, with action Saturday at 3 and 8 p.m. then Sunday at 4 p.m.
Sunday afternoon NBA starts on ABC this weekend, with Heat-Bulls at 1 p.m. followed by the Thunder’s visit to Cleveland.
The Wizards head west, facing the Trail Blazers Saturday at 10 p.m. and the Nuggets Sunday at 8 p.m. on Comcast.
TNT brings the Spurs at Bulls Thursday at 8 p.m. with Nets-Clippers in the nightcap.
The Bulls meet the Mavericks on ESPN Friday at 8 p.m.
Second-ranked Virginia faces Georgia Tech on the ACC Network Thursday at 8 p.m., and other areas will see N.C. State against Miami.
Virginia Tech hosts Notre Dame on Comcast Thursday at 7 p.m.
Ohio State takes on Northwestern Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN, while ESPN2 offers Alabama-Arkansas at 7 p.m. before Arizona battles Stanford. VCU visits St. Louis Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.
DePaul plays Seton Hall Thursday at 7 p.m. on FoxSports1, followed by Washington-Colorado at 9:30 p.m.
Kansas heads to Texas Saturday at 2 p.m. on CBS, followed by UCLA-Oregon. It’s off to the Big Ten Sunday as Indiana clashes with Ohio State at 1:30 p.m. before the ACC matchup between Pittsburgh and Louisville.
Coach K goes for his 1000th coaching win Sunday at 2 p.m., meeting St. John’s on Fox.
Top-ranked Kentucky visits South Carolina on ESPN Saturday at noon. North Carolina faces Florida State at 2 p.m., followed by Michigan State-Nebraska at 4 p.m. and Wisconsin against Michigan at 7 p.m.
Weekend action on the ACC network starts Saturday at noon with Wake Forest’s visit to Clemson, and Virginia travels to Virginia Tech Sunday at 1 p.m.
ESPN2’s Saturday slate of four games begins at noon with Oklahoma State-Kansas State. It’s off to the SEC for Arkansas against Missouri at 2 p.m., then Miami meets Syracuse before Oklahoma battles Baylor at 6 p.m.
Marquette hosts Georgetown on FoxSports1 Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and Creighton clashes with Villanova Sunday at 7 p.m.
George Washington faces Fordham Thursday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports network. The CAA takes the stage Saturday, with College of Charleston against Drexel at noon followed by Northeastern-William & Mary.
Richmond heads to Dayton on Comcast Saturday at 7 p.m., and Boston College battles Georgia Tech Sunday at 1 p.m.
Liberty hosts Winthrop on MASN Thursday at 7 p.m. Marshall meets UTEP Saturday at 3 p.m. and it’s off to the WAC at 9 p.m. for Utah Valley against New Mexico State. Sunday, Ohio Valley-Belmont goes against Tennessee State at 6:30 p.m.
MASN2 offers Xavier-Providence Thursday at 7 p.m., followed by UTEP taking on Western Kentucky. There’s a pair of Big East games over the weekend, as DePaul faces Xavier Saturday at 6 p.m. and Seton Hall battles Butler Sunday at 3 p.m.
On the women’s hardcourt, Virginia Tech takes on Wake Forest Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast. Pittsburgh battles Boston College Saturday at 4 p.m. then it’s an ACC doubleheader Sunday as N.C. State visits Syracuse at 3 p.m. before Miami meets Louisville.
FoxSports1 has Big East play Friday, with Seton Hall facing Villanova at 7 p.m. and Creighton-DePaul at 9 p.m. Butler meets Xavier Sunday at 2:30 p.m., then it’s Iowa State-Texas.
ESPN2 has Connecticut taking on Cincinnati Sunday at 3 p.m. before North Carolina tangles with Duke.
Charlotte clashes with Middle Tennessee Saturday at noon on MASN2, followed by West Virginia-Kansas.
Play continues at the Australian Open with third round action Thursday at 11 p.m. on ESPN2. There’s more coverage Friday at 9 p.m. and the round of 16 starts Saturday at 9 p.m. and continues Sunday at 9 p.m.
It’s time for the X-Games, with action on ESPN Thursday at 9 p.m. and Friday at 10:30 p.m. ABC offers ski slopestyle finals Saturday at 1 p.m. and coverage continues on ESPN Saturday at 9 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.
Play continues in the FA Cup this weekend on FoxSports1, as Cambridge United meets Manchester United Friday at 3 p.m. and Manchester City faces Middlesbrough Saturday at 10 a.m.


Tiger’s back

Tiger Woods will be there at the Congressional Thursday when the PGA tour arrives.
Will he be there Saturday and Sunday when the CBS cameras will be there?
Tiger’s first tournament since March tees off Thursday. CBS has coverage Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
The event gives Woods a chance for tournament competition before the British Open in three weeks. He remains four Major victories behind Jack Nicklaus, and recent health struggles have dropped him behind Nicklaus’ pace.
The World Cup closes its first round Thursday with games in Group G and H. The United States battles Germany on ESPN at noon, while Ghana faces Portugal on ESPN2. ESPN has South Korea against Belgium at 4 p.m., with Russia and Algeria on ESPN2.
The knockout round starts Saturday when host Brazil faces Chile at 11:30 a.m. on ABC. Colombia and Ecuador meet at 4 p.m.
Mexico battles Netherlands Sunday at 11:30 a.m. on ESPN, with Costa Rica against Greece at 4 p.m.
Stateside, Seattle visits D.C. United Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast, while the Galaxy play San Jose on NBC Sports network Saturday at 10:30 p.m.
The Nationals visit Wrigley Field for the weekend, with games on MASN Thursday, Friday and Saturday afternoon, then on Fox Saturday night. The Orioles host Tampa Bay for a day/night doubleheader Friday on MASN2, with games Saturday on MASN2 and Sunday afternoon on MASN.
Fox also offers Red Sox-Yankees, Braves against Phillies and Cardinals facing the Dodgers. ESPN shows the Red Sox and Yankees Sunday night.
Early round play at Wimbledon continues on ESPN Thursday at 7 a.m. There’s more action Friday at 7 a.m. and Saturday at 8 a.m.
NASCAR visits Kentucky this weekend, with the Sprint Cup racers going Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on TNT. ESPN has the Nationwide race Friday at 7:30 p.m., and the truck series goes Thursday at 8 p.m. on FoxSports1.
The IndyCar racers head to Houston, with races on NBC Sports network Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
The future stars of the NBA find their new homes during the draft Thursday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN. The NHL holds its entry draft Friday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The CFL opens its season this weekend, and ESPN2 offers Montreal against Calgary Saturday at 3 p.m. In Arena Football, the Kiss take on Spokane Saturday at 10 p.m. on ESPN2.
NBC Sports network offers the track and field outdoor championships Friday at 10 p.m. NBC brings coverage Saturday and Sunday at 4 p.m.
The Dew Tour hits Ocean City, with NBC coverage Saturday at 1 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
Santa Anita hosts the Gold Cup Saturday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports network.


Is this the Triple Crown year?

Will California Chrome shine Saturday?
After wins at the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, the colt goes for the first Triple Crown since 1978 at the Belmont Stakes.
California Chrome drew the second post position Wednesday. If he’s the best of the 11-horse field, he’ll be the 12th horse to claim the Triple Crown.
NBC has coverage starting Saturday at 4:30 p.m.
The battle for the NBA title begins Thursday when the Heat visit the Spurs on ABC at 9 p.m. Game 2 is Sunday at 8 p.m., as the Heat seek their third straight championship and the Spurs look to avenge last year’s final loss.
It’s the second game of the Stanley Cup final Saturday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network, with the New York Rangers facing the Los Angeles Kings. The Kings took the opener in overtime at home Wednesday.
The Nationals host the Phillies Thursday at 4 p.m. on MASN, then head to San Diego for the weekend on MASN2 (Saturday on MASN). The Orioles close a roadtrip in Texas Thursday at 8 p.m. on MASN2 before meeting Oakland on MASN Friday and Sunday.
Fox offers Orioles-A’s Saturday at 7 p.m., along with Red Sox-Tigers and Yankees against Royals. It’s Red Sox facing the Tigers on ESPN Sunday at 8 p.m., while FoxSports1 offers the Indians facing the Rangers Saturday at 4 p.m.
The road to Omaha continues with Super Regional weekend. ESPN2 starts its action Friday at 1 p.m. when Stanford meets Vanderbilt, and Houston battles Texas at 4 p.m.
Virginia and Maryland start the day on ESPN2 at noon, followed by Vanderbilt-Stanford and the first contest between Mississippi and Louisiana-Lafayette. ESPN has the second game between Houston and Texas at 2 p.m.
Virginia plays Maryland again at noon Sunday on ESPN2, and it’s Mississippi battling Louisiana-Lafayette at 9 p.m. There’s four possible deciding games for College World Series berths, with ESPN coverage at 2 p.m. and ESPN at 3 and 6 p.m.
Breakfast at the French Open will be Sunday at 9 a.m. with the men’s final on NBC. ESPN2 has a women’s semifinal Thursday at 9 a.m. and NBC airs another at 11 a.m. It’s men’s semifinals on NBC Friday at 11 a.m. and the women’s final Saturday at 9 a.m.
NASCAR starts its run on TNT at Pocono Sunday at 1 p.m. The truck series heads to Texas Friday at 9 p.m. on FoxSports1.
NBC Sports network has the Indy Car race from Texas Saturday at 8 p.m., while the Canadian Grand Prix will be on NBC Sunday at 2 p.m. There’s practice Friday at 2 p.m. on NBC Sports network and qualifying Saturday at 1 p.m.
The PGA tour visits Memphis for the St. Jude’s Classic Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
D.C. United takes on Columbus Saturday at 6:30 p.m. on Comcast.
Mexico and Portugal play an International Friendly on ESPN2 Friday at 8:30 p.m., while the United States meets Nigeria on ESPN Saturday at 5:30 p.m.
Comcast has the Mystics against Indiana in WNBA play Friday at 7 p.m.
It’s time for X Games from Austin, with coverage starting Thursday on ESPN at 9 p.m. There’s more Friday at 8 p.m., and Saturday at noon and 8 p.m. ESPN is back at it Sunday at noon while ABC has coverage Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.
NBC Sports network offers motorcross racing from Thunder Valley Saturday at 5 p.m.


Ice in L.A.

Want to see ice in Southern California?
This weekend is your chance.
stadium seriesThe NHL’s Stadium Series heads to Dodger Stadium Saturday night, with the Kings facing the Ducks on NBC Sports network at 10 p.m.
Both teams have hoisted the Stanley Cup in the past 10 years, but it’s rarely ice hockey weather outside their arenas.
A colder venue also hosts an outdoor game, with the Rangers and Devils meeting at Yankee Stadium Sunday at 12:30 p.m. There’s another game Wednesday night as the Big Apple gears up for Super Bowl XLVIII.
In the arenas, the Capitals are on the road this weekend – Friday at 7 p.m. at New Jersey and Saturday at 7 p.m. in Montreal on Comcast. NBC Sports network has the Penguins and Islanders Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
On the college ice, Notre Dame hosts Northeastern for contests Friday and Saturday at on NBC Sports network.
Want warmer weather for your sports? NBC has the Pro Bowl Sunday at 7:30 p.m. featuring teams picked by captains Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders – no conference matchups this years. Players hoping to make future Pro Bowls gather for the Senior Bowl Saturday at 4 p.m. on NFL Network.
The Australian Open closes its run this weekend. ESPN has a men’s semifinal Friday at 3:30 a.m., then the final Sunday at 3 a.m. The women’s final is Saturday at 3 a.m.
The Lakers visit Miami Thursday at 8 p.m. on TNT, with the nightcap featuring the Nuggets against the TrailBlazers. The Clippers and Bulls battle Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPN, and it’s Celtics-Nets Sunday at 6:30 p.m.
ABC starts its Sunday afternoon slate with Spurs-Heat at 1 p.m., and the Lakers face the Knicks at 3:30 p.m.
The Wizards head west this weekend, meeting Phoenix Friday at 10 p.m. and Utah Saturday at 10 p.m. on Comcast.
Virginia closes out a homestand against Virginia Tech Saturday at 3 p.m. on ACC network, while other areas can see Notre Dame-Wake Forest. Sunday at 1 p.m., it’s Georgia Tech against N.C. State.
Ohio State meets Illinois on ESPN Thursday at 7 p.m. Duke-Florida State kicks off Saturday’s play at noon, followed by Tennessee taking on Florida at 4 p.m. and Michigan against Michigan State at 7 p.m.
There’s a pair of games on ESPN2 Thursday, with Florida-Alabama at 7 p.m. followed by Colorado against Arizona. Six contests fill the slate on Saturday, starting at noon with VCU-LaSalle. It’s West Virginia against Oklahoma State at 2 p.m., then Western Kentucky takes on Louisiana-Lafayette. Maryland has a contest with Pittsburgh at 6 p.m., followed by Alabama-LSU and BYU meeting Gonzaga at 10 p.m.
CBS offers Syracuse at Miami Saturday at 1 p.m.
Middle Tennessee State takes on Tulsa Thursday at 9 p.m. on FoxSports1, followed by Oregon-Washington. The Big East takes the stage Saturday, with Xavier at Providence at noon before Villanova against Marquette and Georgetown travels to Creighton at 8 p.m. Arizona hosts Utah Sunday at 8 p.m.
Comcast has three contests Saturday, starting at noon with Towson taking on Delaware. College of Charleston visits James Madison at 2 p.m., then it’s Texas-San Antonio at Texas-El Paso.
There’s Big 12 action on MASN Saturday, with Texas-Baylor at 1:30 p.m. followed by Oklahoma facing Texas Tech. Presbyterian meets Liberty at 7 p.m.
Kansas State takes on Iowa State on MASN2 Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
NBC Sports network visits the state of Virginia for a pair of games Saturday. At noon, George Mason hosts George Washington and Richmond meets Saint Joseph’s at 4 p.m. There’s two more games Sunday, with Fordham-Massachusetts at noon and Harvard taking on Dartmouth at 4 p.m.
In women’s hoops, Penn State hosts Minnesota Sunday at 1 p.m. on CBS. On MASN2, Baylor travels to Oklahoma State Sunday at 4 p.m. while FoxSports1 has Georgetown at St. John’s Sunday at 6 p.m.
Comcast has a doubleheader Thursday – Maryland-Virginia at 6:30 p.m. followed by Miami against Notre Dame. Virginia heads to Syracuse Sunday at 2 p.m. NBC Sports network offers Dayton at Saint Joseph’s Sunday at 6 p.m. ESPN2 has a pair of SEC games Sunday, as South Carolina plays Vanderbilt at 2 p.m. before Tennessee meets Texas A&M.
FoxSports1 has the final seven hours of the 24 Hours of Daytona Sunday at 7 a.m.
On the pitch, Arsenal faces on Coventry City FoxSports1 Friday at 2:30 p.m. Liverpool battles AFC Bournemouth Saturday at 7:30 a.m, and it’s Sunderland-Kidderminster Harriers at 10 a.m.
It’s an X-Games weekend on ESPN. Action begins Thursday at 9 p.m. on ESPN and continues Friday at 10:30 p.m. Saturday, ESPN has action at 2 and 9 p.m. while ABC joins the show at 4 p.m. ESPN closes it out Sunday at 2 and 9 p.m.
There’s USA Sevens Rugby action Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. on NBC Sports network. NBC continues coverage at 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.


Army-Navy

There’s one final act to the college football regular season – Army vs. Navy.
army-navy-logoThe Cadets and Midshipmen will march into Lincoln Financial Field at Philadelphia before their mates battle in the 114th contest between the service academies. CBS has coverage beginning at 3 p.m.
Navy has won 11 straight games, including last year’s 17-13 triumph. The Middies will advance to a bowl game, and can claim the Commander-in-Chief trophy with a win.
Six of the top collegiate players gather in New York for the presentation of the Heisman Trophy Saturday at 8 p.m. The other awards will be given Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN.
There’s eight teams left in the Bowl Championship Subdivision. ESPN2 has Towson’s visit to Eastern Illinois Friday at 8 p.m., while Coastal Carolina heads to North Dakota State Saturday at noon on ESPN.
Peyton Manning and the Broncos host San Diego Thursday on NFL Network at 8:25 p.m.
A pair of 2012 playoff teams finish out the string Sunday when the Redskins visit Atlanta at 1 p.m. on Fox. The Packers and Cowboys try to stay in the playoff hunt at 4:25 p.m., while CBS offers Jets-Panthers at 4 p.m.
NBC brings the Steelers and Bengals at 8:30 p.m. Sunday, then ESPN has Ravens-Lions Monday at 8:40 p.m.
The Clippers head to Brooklyn Thursday at 8 p.m. on TNT, followed by Rockets at TrailBlazers. The Thunder host the Lakers Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPN, with the nightcap featuring the Rockets at Warriors.
The Clippers continue their road trip in Washington Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.
On the college court, Michigan hosts Arizona Saturday at noon on CBS.
Rivals clash on ESPN Saturday, with Notre Dame-Indiana at 3:15 p.m. before Kentucky takes on North Carolina.
ESPN2 brings five contests Saturday, starting at noon with Louisvile facing Western Kentucky. There’s Tennessee against Wichita State at 2 p.m., followed by Michigan State-Oakland and New Mexico facing Kansas. The night concludes with Illinois playing Oregon at 9 p.m.
DePaul battles Florida Atlantic on FoxSports1 at 9 p.m. It’s Marquette against IUPUI Saturday at 3 p.m., and Xavier takes on Cincinnati at 8 p.m.
After years of battling in the Big East, new ACC member Syracuse meets St. John’s Sunday at noon. Villanova host LaSalle at 2:30 p.m., then DePaul meets Chicago State at 4:30 p.m.
Comcast offers Pittsburgh against Youngstown State Saturday at noon, followed by Florida Atlantic-Maryland. Georgia Southern takes on UAB Sunday at 8 p.m.
Massachusetts meets Northern Illinois Saturday at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
Oklahoma takes on Tulsa on MASN Saturday at 5 p.m., then Troy travels to Kansas State Sunday at 6 p.m.
In women’s hoops, Kentucky takes on DePaul Thursday at 7 p.m. on FoxSports1.
There’s high school basketball on ESPN2 Thursday at 7 p.m. with Whitney Young faces Apple Valley.
The Capitals face Florida Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast and the Flyers Sunday at 3 p.m.
Wisconsin meets Colorado College Friday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
NBC Sports network offers a trio of games from the Premier League Saturday. Manchester City faces Arsenal at 7:45 a.m., followed by Chelsea-Crystal Palace and Hull City against Stoke City at 12:30 p.m. There’s two more contests Sunday as Aston Villa battles Manchester United at 8:30 a.m. before Tottenham Hotspur takes on Liverpool.
NBC brings the Franklin Templeton shootout Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.
The Dew Tour hits the slopes Saturday and Sunday at noon on NBC.


McCarver’s farewell tour

Fox starts its postseason coverage Saturday, with Tim McCarver in the booth for the final time.
2013 postseasonMcCarver and crew will be in Boston for the Red Sox against either the Tigers and A’s. Those teams battle Thursday at 8 p.m. on TBS in the deciding fifth game.
Saturday’s game marks the start of the road to McCarver’s 23th World Series in the announcing booth – along with those he played for St. Louis in the 1960s.
TBS brings the National League series between Dodgers and Cardinals starting Friday at 8 p.m. It’s Game 2 on Saturday.
Washington visits the Cowboys for the NBC Sunday night contest. In the afternoon, the Ravens host Green Bay in the Fox early game. The Saints head to New England at 4:25 p.m., while CBS shows the winless Steelers against the Jets.
The winless Giants head to Chicago on NFL Network Thursday night, while the Colts take on the Chargers on ESPN Monday night.
The college football weekend begins Thursday with the final conference meeting between Rutgers and Louisville at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN. Arizona meets Southern Cal on FoxSports1 at 10:30 p.m.
Temple takes on Cincinnati Friday at 8:30 p.m.
ABC brings the Red River Rivalry between Texas and Oklahoma Saturday at noon. In the afternoon, third-ranked Clemson takes on Boston College and Northwestern travels to Wisconsin. The game not on the air in your area will be on ESPN2.
Florida meets LSU on CBS at 3:30 p.m. while Fox shows Baylor at Kansas State.
The ACC network brings Navy against Duke at 12:30 p.m.
Georgia hosts Missouri on ESPN Saturday at noon, with Michigan-Penn State at 5 p.m. and Texas A&M battling Mississippi at 8:30 p.m.
ESPN2 brings Indiana-Michigan State at noon, and top-ranked Alabama takes on Kentucky at 7 p.m. The night closes with California against UCLA at 10:30 p.m.
FoxSports1 starts its day in the Big 12 at noon with either Iowa State taking on Texas Tech or Kansas-TCU. Second-ranked Oregon battles Washington at 4 p.m., followed by Tulsa-UTEP.
NBC Sports network has Lehigh-Columbia at noon before heading to the CAA for James Madison hosting Richmond at 3:30 p.m. and Villanova against Towson at 7 p.m.
Delaware battles Albany at noon on Comcast, followed by Syracuse-N.C. State.
MASN brings the contest between South Florida and Connecticut at noon. There’s Big 12 action on MASN2, as Kansas goes to TCU at noon.
Minnesota can clinch the WNBA title Thursday at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN2. If Atlanta wins, they will host Game 4 Sunday at 8 p.m.
It’s the fifth of 10 races in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, showing on ABC Saturday at 7 p.m. Matt Kenseth holds a slim lead over Jimmie Johnson. The Nationwide racers go on ESPN2 Friday at 7:30 p.m.
NBC Sports network covers the Japanese Grand Prix Sunday at 2 a.m. There’s practice Friday at 1 a.m. and qualifying Saturday at 1 a.m.
The Capitals host Carolina Thursday and Denver Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.
Notre Dame faces Western Michigan in college ice hockey Friday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The road to Brazil continues with World Cup qualifying between the United States and Jamaica Friday at 6 p.m. on ESPN. Germany faces Ireland on ESPN2 Friday at 2:30 p.m.
Portland takes on Seattle in MLS action Sunday at 9 p.m. on ESPN.
Virginia hosts Maryland in ACC men’s soccer Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast. In women’s play, Notre Dame faces Virginia Tech at 1 p.m.
Florida State takes on Pittsburgh in women’s volleyball Sunday at 2 p.m. on Comcast.
The Dew Tour holds its City Championships in San Francisco this weekend. NBC has coverage Saturday and Sunday at 4 p.m., with more action on NBC Sports network Saturday at 11 p.m. and Sunday at 10 p.m.


Football time

The long drought since Super Bowl XLVII is over. The NFL returns this weekend.
After the newest class joins the NFL Hall of Fame (Saturday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2 and NFL network) in Canton, the Dolphins and Cowboys will meet on NBC Sunday at 8 p.m.
The Dolphins have new logos on their helmets. The Cowboys still have Tony Romo – playing for a series or two Sunday night before the rookies and others finish the night.
But it’s live football. And we’ll have it on TV – either NFL or college – every weekend until two teams reach the Super Bowl in New York February 2.
The Orioles host Houston Thursday on MASN before facing the Mariners over the weekend. The Nationals head to Milwaukee for three games on MASN2.
The Braves and Phillies get coverage on Fox Saturday afternoon and ESPN Sunday night. Other Fox contests are Dodgers at Cubs and Rangers-A’s, while TBS carries the Red Sox against Arizona Sunday afternoon.
NASCAR heads to Pocono Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN. The Nationwide drivers will be in Iowa Saturday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.The Indy Car drivers visit Mid-Ohio Sunday at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports network, with qualifying Saturday at 5 p.m.
CBS has the World Golf championships Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.
The British Women’s Open will be on ESPN2, starting Thursday at 9 a.m. The second round will be Friday at 9 p.m., with the last two rounds beginning at 10 a.m.
D.C. United hosts Montreal Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on Comcast, and NBC Sports network brings the Red Bulls against Kansas City Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
From Munich, ESPN shows the Audi Cup Thursday. The third place game will be at noon, followed by the championship at 2:15 p.m.
Hamilton heads to Edmonton in CFL action Friday at 9 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The road to the U.S. Open continues on ESPN2 with the Citi Open and Southern California Open out west. The quarterfinals of the Citi Open will be Friday at 4 and 7 p.m., with semifinals Saturday at 5 p.m. and final Sunday at 3 p.m. The action from California will be on Friday at 11 p.m., then Saturday and Sunday at 7 p.m.
ESPN has its final X Games weekend of the year, hosted by Los Angeles. ESPN has coverage Thursday and Friday at 9 p.m., then Saturday action will be at 2 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Coverage concludes Sunday on ABC at 3 p.m. and at 5 p.m. on ESPN.
NBC visits Saratoga for the Whitney Invitational Handicap Saturday at 5 p.m.


Here come the Yankees

It’s been a while since Baltimore hosted an ESPN game on Sunday night. With the Yankees in town, the Worldwide Leader in Sports picked Sunday’s game to close out the weekend.
They enter the series just behind Boston, and just ahead of Tampa Bay and Toronto in the competitive AL East.
Friday’s game will be on MASN, and Saturday shares the spotlight on Fox with a pair of interleague games – Cubs at Mariners and Reds-Rangers – along with the Brewers meeting the Pirates and Tigers traveling to Tampa Bay. TBS brings Arizona-Atlanta Sunday at 1:35 p.m.
Before the Yankees come to town, the Orioles close their series with the Indians Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN2.
The Nationals host Arizona Thursday at 4 p.m. on MASN, then visit the Mets on MASN2 Friday and on MASN Saturday and Sunday afternoon.
The PGA tour visits Washington for the AT&T National Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. on CBS.
NBC has the U.S. Women’s Open Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. The first two rounds are on ESPN2 Thursday and Friday at 3 p.m.
The NBA and NHL just ended their seasons, and already are thinking about next year. ESPN has the NBA draft Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and the NHL draft will be on NBC Sports network starting Sunday at 3 p.m.
NASCAR makes its visit to Kentucky Saturday at 6:30 p.m. on TNT. The Nationwide racers go Friday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN.
NBC Sports network has the British Grand Prix Sunday at 11:30 a.m. Practice will be Friday at 9 p.m.
FIFA’s Confederation Cup comes to a close in Brazil this weekend. Spain battles Italy Thursday at 2:30 p.m. The winner faces Brazil for the title Sunday at 5:30 p.m. on ESPN, while Uruguay awaits the loser in the third-place game Sunday at 11:45 a.m. on ESPN2.
D.C. United hosts Vancouver on Comcast Saturday at 7 p.m. while Dallas faces Philadelphia on NBC Sports network Saturday at 5:30 p.m. and ESPN2 shows the Red Bulls against Houston Sunday at 2 p.m.
Wimbledon finishes its first week Thursday at 7 a.m. on ESPN2 and Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. on ESPN.
Riders kick off the Tour de France Saturday and Sunday at 7:30 a.m. with the first two stages on NBC Sports network.
The CFL season starts Thursday at 9 p.m. with Montreal taking on Winnipeg on NBC Sports network. ESPN2 has Saskatchewan against Edmonton Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
It’s time for another version of X Games, this time from Munich. There’s action Friday at noon on ESPN2, Saturday at 1 p.m. on ABC and Sunday at 11 a.m. on ESPN.
There’s Pro Fast-pitch softball between Chicago and Akron on ESPN2 at 1 and 8 p.m.