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.