Staying alive in Brazil

world cupThe United States plays its second World Cup game Sunday.
By the end of the weekend, we should have a pretty good idea of the 16 teams advancing to the knockout round.
The United States heads into the Amazon rainforest to face Portugal Sunday at 6 p.m. on ESPN. They enhanced their chances with Monday’s 2-1 win over Ghana, while Portugal lost 4-0 to Germany and will play without a top defender who drew a red card in Monday’s match.
Thursday’s action on ESPN begins at 11:30 a.m. with Colombia against Ivory Coast. Uruguay and England try to bounce back from opening losses at 2:30 p.m., and Japan faces Greece at 5:30 p.m.
Costa Rica takes on Italy Friday at 11:30 a.m., followed by Switzerland-France and Ecuador playing Honduras at 5:30 p.m.
Argentina battles Iran Saturday at 11:30 a.m. on ESPN, then Germany and Ghana meet at 2:30 p.m. Nigeria takes on Bosnia-Herzegovina at 5:30 p.m. The final day of the second round closes on ABC Sunday at 11:30 a.m. with Belgium and Russia, and Algeria faces South Korea at 2:30 p.m.
Teams are trying to stay alive in Omaha at the College World Series. TCU, fresh off a 15-inning loss to Virginia, meets Mississippi Thursday at 8 p.m. on ESPN in a loser’s bracket game. Virginia will play the winner of that game Friday at 8 p.m.
Vanderbilt won the first two games in its bracket, and plays Texas Friday at 3 p.m.
Deciding games in the two brackets will be played Saturday, if necessary. The best-of-three championship series starts Monday.
The Nationals host Atlanta Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN. It’s over to MASN2 Friday and Sunday, while the Orioles visit the Yankees on MASN for the weekend.
Fox offers Nationals-Braves Saturday at 7 p.m., and other areas of the country will see Pirates visiting the Cubs and Tigers against Indians. The Rangers and Angels battle on FoxSports1 Saturday at 10 p.m. and Sunday at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
NASCAR hits the road to Sonoma, with coverage on TNT Sunday at 3 p.m. The Nationwide Series visits Road America Saturday at 2:30 p.m. on ABC.
The Formula One circuit visits Austria this weekend. The race gets underway Sunday at 7:30 a.m., after qualifying Saturday at 8 a.m. and practice Friday at 8 a.m.
Don’t forget your umbrella when the PGA tour visits Connecticut Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. on CBS.
Pinehurst hosts the U.S. Women’s Open this weekend. NBC has coverage Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m., after ESPN2 shows the first two rounds Thursday and Friday at 3 p.m.
Tulsa takes on Chicago in WNBA action Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN2.
Comcast offers Major League Lacrosse between the Bayhawks and Denver Saturday at 7 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.


NASCAR after dark

For racers battling for the last positions in the Chase for the Cup, they’re going to have to do it after dark.
The final three races before the Chase for the Cup happen in primetime, starting with Saturday’s at Bristol. ABC has coverage at 8 p.m.
Jimmie Johnson holds the top spot for the 12-member Chase for the Cup field, and Joey Logano stands just a few points out of the last wild card slot. FoxSports1 has practice Friday at noon
The Nationwide racers hit the track Friday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN after qualifying on FoxSports1 Friday at 3:30 p.m.
NBC Sports network has the Belgian Grand Prix Sunday at 8 a.m. after showing practice Friday at 8 a.m.
The IndyCar circuit visits Sonoma Sunday at 4 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The Little League World Series crowns its champion this weekend. There’s two games Thursday, with Mexico meeting Panama at 4 p.m. on ESPN and Washington facing Connecticut at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.
The International final will be Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on ABC, with the United States championship at 3:30 p.m. ESPN has the third place game Sunday at 11 a.m., and Saturday’s winners meet Sunday at 3 p.m. on ABC in the title game.
The Orioles continue their quest for a postseason spot against Oakland this weekend. Games Friday and Sunday will be on MASN, with Saturday’s game part of the Fox coverage. Other parts of the country will get Red Sox at Dodgers or Tigers-Mets.
ESPN shows Boston facing the Dodgers Sunday night, while TBS has the Braves taking on the Cardinals Sunday at 2:15 p.m.
The Nationals close a series at Wrigley Field Thursday at 2 p.m. on MASN, then visit Kansas City (Friday and Sunday on MASN2, Saturday on MASN).
The third week of NFL preseason contests starts Thursday at 8 p.m. with the Ravens hosting the Panthers on ESPN. Comcast has the Redskins’ game against Buffalo Saturday at 4:30 p.m.
CBS brings a pair of contests this weekend – Seahawks at Packers Friday at 8 p.m. followed by Rams-Broncos Saturday at 8 p.m. The Saints meet the Texans Sunday at 4 p.m. on Fox, and NBC shows Vikings-49ers Sunday at 8 p.m.
North of the border, British Columbia meets Montreal Thursday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
FoxSports1 goes to the high school gridiron Friday at 10 p.m. with Mountain Pointe against Bishop Gorman of Nevada.
High school football kicks off on ESPN Saturday with three contests, starting with Apopka against Byrnes at noon. Florida against Georgia battles follow, with Lincoln against South Gwinnett at 3:30 p.m. and Booker T Washington taking on Norcross at 7 p.m. ESPN2 closes the day at 10 p.m. with Central of California against Colorado’s Valor Christian.
Sunday at 3 p.m., American Heritage plays Cypress Bay on ESPN after ESPN2 brings a Tennessee clash between Beech and Station Camp at noon.
The PGA tour begins its FedEx Cup playoffs Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. with the Barclays from New Jersey.
The final stop of the U.S. Open series take place this weekend in New Haven and Winston-Salem. ESPN2 has action Thursday from New Haven at 1 p.m. and Winston-Salem 3 and 10 p.m., and the semifinals are Friday at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. from New Haven and 3 p.m. from Winston-Salem.
CBS has the final from Winston-Salem Saturday at 12:30 p.m., and the New Haven final begins at 3 p.m. on ESPN2.
NBC has Premier League action matching Aston Villa and Liverpool Saturday at noon. There’s a pair of games on NBC Sports network Saturday – Fulham against Arsenal at 7:45 a.m. followed by Sunderland-Southampton. Swansea City meets Tottenham Hotspur Sunday at 10:55 a.m.
Kansas City meets Chicago in MLS play Friday at 8:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network, while ESPN2 brings Seattle-Portland Sunday at 10 p.m.
In the WNBA, Chicago plays Atlanta Saturday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.
Major League Lacrosse crowns its champion Sunday at 3 p.m. on ESPN2, after Charlotte takes on Denver Saturday at 1 p.m. in one semifinal.
NBC continues the Summer at Saratoga series with the Travers Stakes Saturday at 4:30 p.m.
The U.S.A. Pro Cycle Challenge airs on NBC Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m. NBC Sports network has stages Thursday and Friday at 4 p.m.
ESPN2 has the National Pro Fastpitch softball championship Saturday and Sunday at 5 p.m.
The motorcycle racing heads to Lake Elsinore Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.


Major excitement

Time for the final major championship of 2013.
Will Tiger Woods win his 15th major this weekend?
The PGA championship tees off Thursday at 1 p.m. on TNT.  There’s more action Friday at 1 p.m., and the third round begins on TNT at 11 a.m. Saturday before CBS takes over at 2 p.m.  Sunday’s final round starts on TNT at 11 a.m., and moves to CBS from 2 p.m. until the trophy presentation.
Woods’ 61 in the second round at the World Golf championship last Friday heightened expectations as the best golfers gather at Oak Hill. Jack Nicklaus’ 18 career majors stands just beyond the horizon, but a Woods win to close out the 2013 season revs up the chase.
The NFL preseason kicks into high gear Thursday when the Bengals face the Falcons on ESPN Thursday at 8 p.m. Comcast has the Redskins’ opener against the Titans Thursday at 8 p.m.
The Orioles continue their west coast swing in San Francisco, with games on MASN2 Friday and Sunday. Saturday’s game is on Fox, along with Rays-Dodgers and Twins against White Sox.
ESPN features Tampa Bay at Los Angeles Sunday night, while TBS offers Tigers-Yankees Sunday afternoon.
Washington hosts the Phillies for the weekend on MASN.
Little League baseball’s Road to Williamsport continues Thursday at 2 p.m. with a semifinal of the Great Lakes Region on ESPN. The second semifinal is on ESPN2 at 7 p.m., sandwiched between semifinals from the Northwest at 5 and 9 p.m.
There’s five games on ESPN Friday, starting at 11 a.m. with a Mid-Atlantic semifinal. The Midwest crowns its champion at 1 p.m. before the second Mid-Atlantic semifinal at 3 p.m. At 7 p.m., it’s the Southeast championship and the West semifinals are 5 p.m. on ESPN2 and 9 p.m. on ESPN.
Four tickets punched for Williamsport on ESPN Saturday – Great Lakes at 1 p.m., Northwest at 5 p.m., New England at 7 p.m. and West at 9 p.m.
ESPN2 has the Mid-Atlantic final Sunday at 6 p.m.
Other leagues hold their championships Saturday on ESPN – the Big League softball at 11 a.m. and Senior League softball at 3 p.m.
NASCAR visits Watkins Glen Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN, and the Nationwide racers will be on ABC Saturday at 2 p.m.
There’s motorcycle racing on NBC Sports network Saturday at 3 p.m.
NBC Sports network has CFL action between Saskatchewan and Calgary Friday at 9 p.m.
D.C. United travels to Philadelphia Saturday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network, and ESPN2 shows Dallas against Los Angeles Sunday at 8 p.m.
The U.S. Open tennis series continues with the Rogers Cup on ESPN2. The quarterfinals are Friday at noon and 8 p.m. The women’s semifinal will be Saturday at 1 p.m., followed by the men at 3 and 8 p.m. The championship matches are Sunday at 1 and 3 p.m.
NBC has another race from Saratoga Saturday at 3 p.m. Coverage continues on NBC Sports network Sunday at 5 p.m.
In Major League Lacrosse, Chesapeake hosts Charlotte Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.


Early morning sports

Don’t sleep too late this weekend.
There’s some big events on the calendar.
The British Open visits Muirfield this weekend, starting Thursday at 4 a.m. on ESPN. The second round begins Friday at 4 a.m., with third round at 7 a.m. and final round starting at 6 a.m.
Tour de France finishes its run in Paris on Sunday, after stages in the Alps Thursday and Friday at 6 a.m. on NBC Sports network. Saturday’s stage will begin at 7:30 a.m., then the teams fly to Versailles for the final stage at 11:30 a.m.
The Nationals return from the All-Star break against the Dodgers on MASN, (TBS also covers Sunday) while the Orioles visit Texas on MASN2 – Sunday night on MASN.
The Yankees and Red Sox meet this weekend at Fenway, Saturday afternoon on Fox and Sunday night on ESPN. Fox also offers Pirates-Reds and Braves taking on the White Sox.
The Sprint Cup series takes the weekend off, but the Nationwide racers will be in Chicago Sunday at 3 p.m. on ESPN.
D.C. United travels to Chicago Saturday at 8:30 p.m. on Comcast.
Up north, Montreal travels to Calgary for a CFL contest on ESPN2 Saturday at 7 p.m.
There’s stateside golf from Nevada, with the American Century Championships. NBC Sports network has coverage Friday at 4 p.m., and NBC shows the stars Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
ESPN2 offers Major League Lacrosse action between New York and Charlotte Saturday at 4 p.m.
In WNBA, Phoenix visits Los Angeles Thursday at 10 p.m. on ESPN2.
NBC Sports network brings motorcycle racing Saturday at 6 p.m.
There’s pro slo-pitch softball on ESPN2 Saturday at 2 p.m. between the USSSA Pride and the Comets. There’s a rematch Sunday at 3 p.m.


End of summer already

It seems summer has just started, but TNT’s Summer NASCAR series closes this weekend.
TNT offers the final of its six races Sunday at noon in New Hampshire. The rest of the campaign will be on ESPN and ABC, including the Chase for the Cup starting in September.
ABC has the Nationwide race Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
The IndyCar circuit heads to Toronto, with races on NBC Sports network Saturday and Sunday.
Heading into the All-Star break, the Orioles’ homestand continues against Texas Thursday on MASN2 and against Toronto on MASN over the weekend.
The Nationals take on the Phillies Thursday on MASN before going to Miami. Games Friday and Sunday are on MASN2, and Saturday’s contest will be part of the Fox coverage. Other featured games are Pirates against Mets, Rockies-Dodgers, Cardinals at Cubs and Rangers facing the Tigers.
TBS has Rangers-Tigers on Sunday afternoon, with Cardinals against Cubs from Wrigley Field on ESPN Sunday night.
All-Star festivities in New York begin Sunday with the Futures Game at 2 p.m. on ESPN2 and Celebrity softball game at 5 p.m. on ESPN.
The Tour de France continues its run through the countryside on NBC Sports network. Stage 12 begins Thursday at 8 a.m., and coverage continues each morning at 8 a.m.
The PGA tour prepares for the British Open with the Scottish Open on NBC Saturday and Sunday at noon, while CBS shows the John Deere Classic Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
The best of the senior golfers gather for the U.S. Senior Open. ESPN2 has coverage Thursday and Friday at 4 p.m., then NBC carries the final two rounds Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
British Columbia meets Edmonton in the CFL Saturday at 9:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
D.C. United takes on Chivas in an International friendly on ESPN2 Friday at 8 p.m. The under-20 World Cup concludes Saturday at 1:47 p.m. with France playing Uruguay.
In the MLS, Portland hosts Los Angeles Saturday at 11 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The United States faces Canada in the World Cup of Softball Thursday at 8 p.m. on ESPN, then meets Australia Friday at 8 p.m. There’s games against Canada Saturday at noon and Japan Saturday at 9 p.m. They battle Puerto Rico Sunday at 1 p.m., then there’s a contest between Team USA and the Futures team at 3 p.m. The World Cup championship will be Sunday at 9 p.m. on ESPN2.
World Team Tennis season starts on Comcast Thursday, with Springfield visiting Washington at 7 p.m.
Los Angeles faces Tulsa in the WNBA Thursday at 9 p.m. on ESPN2.
Major League Lacrosse has its all-star game Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN2.


Breakfast at Wimbledon

Many of the stars are gone. But new stars will shine this weekend at Wimbledon.
wimbledonThe fortnight closes this weekend with the women’s final Saturday at 9 p.m. and men’s championship Sunday at 9 a.m. ESPN has the coverage of the final matches.
None of the four women vying for the crown have a Grand Slam championship to their names. Agniezska Radwanska, who lost to Serena Williams in last year’s final,  faces Sabine Lisicki in one semifinal, while Kristen Flipkens meets Marion Bartoli for the other spot in Saturday’s final.
Top-seed Novak Djokovic faces Juan Martin del Porto in one men’s semifinal, while hometown favorite Andy Murray meets Jerzy Janowicz in the other.
ESPN has the women’s semifinals Thursday at 8 p.m. and the men’s semifinals are Friday at 8 a.m.
The PGA tour makes its closest stop to Fishersville, with the top players gathering about 100 miles away at the Greenbrier. CBS has weekend coverage starting at 3 p.m. each day.
The Orioles and Nationals start play early on July 4th. The Nationals host the Brewers at 11 a.m. on MASN, while the Orioles take on the White Sox at 2 p.m. on MASN2. The Orioles then head to New York to face the Yankees for the weekend on MASN (Sunday afternoon on TBS), while the Nationals host San Diego on MASN2.
The Saturday night slate on Fox includes Dodgers at Giants and Astros facing the Rangers. Other games include White Sox-Rays, Mets at Brewers and the Braves against the Phillies. ESPN shows the Red Sox meeting the Angels Sunday night.
NASCAR returns to Daytona for 400 more miles of action Saturday at 6:30 p.m. on TNT. The Nationwide racers go in the Firecracker 250 Friday at 7:30 p.m.
The Indy Car circuit visits Pocono on ABC Sunday at noon, while the American Le Mans tour has its Northeast Grand Prix Saturday at 3 p.m. on ESPN2.
ESPN2 heads north of the border for CFL play between Winnipeg and Montreal Thursday at 7 p.m.
The Tour de France continues on NBC Sports network Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m. NBC has coverage Saturday at 8 p.m., and the ninth stage starts Sunday at 6:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
Gearing up for the World Cup, the United States plays Guatemala in an International Friendly on NBC Sports network Friday at 11 p.m. The Messi All-stars face the World All-Stars Saturday at 7 p.m. on ESPN.
D.C. United continues a western swing at Colorado Sunday at 9:30 p.m. on Comcast, while Seattle visits Vancouver Saturday at 11 p.m. on NBC Sports network. ESPN brings Chicago against Kansas City Sunday at 3 p.m.
Charlotte faces Boston in Major League Lacrosse Saturday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.


Triple Crown or not

Orb has three letters in his name. Will he win three races?
preakness_logoOrb continues his quest for the Triple Crown Saturday in the Preakness Stakes on NBC. Coverage starts at 4:30 p.m.
After a full house at the Kentucky Derby, there’s only nine horses scheduled to go Saturday. Orb drew the first post position Wednesday.
The fillies race in the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes Friday at 4 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The NBA closes the conference semifinals this weekend. Thursday, the Knicks try to stay alive against the Pacers on TNT at 8 p.m.., then the Spurs visit the Warriors for Game 6 on ESPN at 10:30 p.m.
Miami and Memphis await their foes in the next round.
The NHL’s conference semifinals started Tuesday, and Thursday the final series kicks off as the Rangers face the Bruins on NBC Sports network at 7:30 p.m. Then it’s out west for Game 2 between the Sharks and Kings.
The Penguins host Ottawa Friday at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday features two contests – Detroit at Chicago at 12:30 p.m. on NBC and Sharks-Kings at 9 p.m. on NBC Sports network. It’s Game 2 between the Rangers and Bruins Sunday at 3 p.m. on NBC, then Pittsburgh heads to Ottawa at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The Orioles host Tampa Bay on MASN Friday and Sunday, with Saturday’s game on FOX. Other parts of the country will see White Sox-Angels or the Reds at Phillies.
The Nationals continue their west coast trip in San Diego, with games on MASN Thursday and Saturday, then MASN2 on Friday and Sunday.
TBS shows the Dodgers at Braves Sunday at 1:30 p.m., with the Tigers facing the Rangers on ESPN Sunday night.
In the college ranks, Comcast shows Miami-Georgia Tech Thursday at 7:30 p.m. The second game is Friday at 7:30 p.m., with the regular season finale Saturday at 1 p.m.
Getting ready for Memorial Day weekend, NBC Sports network has qualifying for the Indy 500. The race for the pole starts Saturday at 11 a.m., and they fill out the 33-car field Sunday at noon.
NASCAR’s all-star race will be on Speed Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
The PGA tour returns to CBS this weekend, with the Byron Nelson Championship Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
ESPN2 features one of the college softball regionals this weekend. Arizona meets Baylor at 3:30 p.m. Friday before Texas A&M and Pennsylvania play at 6 p.m. ESPN has the winners and losers brackets Saturday at 3 p.m., and the regional concludes Sunday at 3:30 p.m., with a game at 6 p.m. if necessary.
D.C. United hosts Kansas City Sunday at 5 p.m. on Comcast. The Red Bulls face the Galaxy in MLS action Sunday at 1:10 p.m. on ESPN2.
It’s another X Games weekend on ESPN – this time from Barcelona. Action begins Thursday at noon and 7 p.m. and continues Friday at noon and Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m.
In Major League Lacrosse, the Bayhawks head to Boston on Comcast Saturday at 7 p.m.


Run for the roses

logo-kentuckyderby139-white_1We’ve waited since 1978 for a Triple Crown winner.
Will this be the year?
Twenty horses are in the lineup for the Kentucky Derby. Have you heard of any of them before this week?
Saturday evening, you’ll remember the name of the Derby winner. And two more wins will make him one for the ages.
NBC has coverage Saturday starting at 4 p.m, with post-time of 6:24 p.m. For the fillies, the Kentucky Oak goes at 5 p.m. Friday on NBC Sports network.
The NBA’s first round concludes this weekend, and a few of the winners may start the conference semifinals. There’s a pair of Game 6’s Thursday on TNT, with the Nets trying to stay alive in Chicago at 8 p.m. The Nuggets take on the Warriors at 10:30 p.m.
Boston survived to play Game 6 at home, Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN. It’s Hawks-Pacers at 7 p.m. on ESPN2, then at 9:30 p.m. the Thunder visit Houston on ESPN and Grizzlies host the Clippers on ESPN2.
The rest of the weekend’s schedule will be determined after these games conclude.
The NHL’s postseason began Tuesday, and several series open play Thursday. The Capitals host the Rangers at 7:30 p.m. on Comcast and NBC sports network, while the Canadiens open against the Senators on CNBC at 7 p.m. It’s game 2 in St. Louis on CNBS at 9:30 p.m. with the Blues facing the Kings, and the Ducks and Red Wings meet at 10 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
Friday, NBC Sports network has the Islanders at Penguins at 7 p.m. followed by the Minnesota-Chicago. Over on CNBC, the Canadiens meet the Senators before Vancouver takes on San Jose.
NBC has Game 2 from Washington Saturday at 12:30 p.m., and NBC Sports network’s twinbill starts at 7:30 p.m. with Anaheim going to Detroit for Game 3. The Blues head to Los Angeles at 10 p.m. while CNBC offers Boston-Toronto at 7 p.m.
The top seeds get coverage on NBC Sunday. The Penguins visit the Islanders at noon, with Game 3 between the Blackhawks and Wild at 3 p.m. Montreal goes to Ottawa at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports network, followed by San Jose at Vancouver at 10 p.m.
In other hockey postseason play, NBC Sports network shows the IIHF World Championship contests between the United States and Austria Saturday at 5 a.m.
The Nationals face the Braves Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN, then head to Pittsburgh for games Friday and Sunday on MASN. Fox has Saturday afternoon’s game.
The Orioles start a four-game set with the Angels Thursday at 10:30 p.m. on MASN2. Saturday’s contest is on Fox, along with the Cardinals and Brewers.
TBS shows the Braves and Mets Sunday at 1:35 p.m., while the Dodgers head to San Francisco for ESPN’s Sunday night contest.
Florida faces LSU in SEC baseball Friday at 7:30 p.m. on Comcast and Saturday at 1 p.m. on ESPN2. Maryland battles Clemson Saturday at 1 p.m. while Vanderbilt meets South Carolina Sunday at 1 p.m.
If you like Sunday afternoon NASCAR racing, this is your only weekend in May for daytime action. Fox has the race from Talledega Sunday at 1 p.m., after the Nationwide racers go Saturday at 3 p.m. on ESPN.
The IndyCar racers are in Brazil, with the Sao Paulo 300 Sunday at 11 a.m. on NBC Sports network.
The PGA tour heads to Charlotte for the Wells Fargo Championship Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. on CBS.
The Galaxy hosts Houston Sunday at 11 p.m. on ESPN2.
ESPN shows Big 12 softball between Texas Tech and Baylor Thursday at 8 p.m., and Tennessee meets Missouri Saturday at 7:30 p.m. There’s a doubleheader Sunday, with Texas against Oklahoma State at 1 p.m. followed by LSU-Georgia.
The Chesapeake Bayhawks face New York in Major League Lacrosse action Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.


Roar from Thunder Valley

NASCAR heads to the hills of Bristol this weekend, racing and banging on the high-banked half mile.
ABC has coverage starting at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. With three races remaining until the Chase for the Cup, 10 drivers can clinch their spot in the 12-member field. We’ll see how many cars survive the night on the short track.
The Nationwide drivers go under the lights Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN.
The Indy Car circuit visits Sonoma Sunday at 4 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
Little League baseball crowns its champion this weekend. Mexico plays Panama Thursday at 4 p.m. on ESPN for a spot against Japan in the International final, and the second United States qualifier (either California or Texas) will claim a berth Thursday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.
ABC has the International final Saturday at 12:30 p.m., followed by the United States final at 3:30 p.m. The champion will be crowned Sunday at 3 p.m., after ESPN shows the consolation contest at 11 a.m.
The Nationals visit Philadelphia on MASN this weekend, while the Orioles host Toronto on MASN2.
Two contenders for the National League wild-card berths battle when Atlanta heads to San Francisco Saturday at 4 p.m. on Fox and Sunday at 8 p.m. on ESPN. Fox also offers Twins at Rangers and the Cardinals taking on the Reds. TBS has the Angels meeting Detroit Sunday at 1 p.m.
Week three of the NFL preseason starts Thursday at 7:30 p.m. with the Ravens hosting Jacksonville on Comcast. ESPN offers the Cardinals at Tennessee at 8 p.m.
The Redskins take on the Colts Saturday at 4 p.m. on Comcast and NFL network. CBS has a pair of games this weekend – Bears vs. Giants Friday at 8 p.m. and Texans against the Saints Saturday at 8 p.m. Fox brings the 49ers taking on Denver Sunday at 4 p.m., with the Panthers meeting the Jets Sunday at 8 p.m. on NBC.
High school football starts this week, and ESPN2 shows Good Counsel of Maryland against Bishop Gorman of Nevada Friday at 9 p.m. There’s three games Saturday on ESPN, starting at noon with a Florida battle between American Heritage and Cocoa. Missouri schools Staley and Lee’s Summit West play at 3:30 p.m., and South Carolina’s Byrnes plays Oscar Smith in Virginia at 7 p.m. ESPN2 heads west at 10 p.m. Saturday as Santa Margarita of California plays Arizona’s Brophy Prep.University School of Florida meets Ohio’s Trotwood-Madison Sunday at 3 p.m. on ESPN, while ESPN2 offers Alcoa against Maryville from Tennessee at noon.
The PGA tour’s Fed Ex Cup playoffs begin this weekend at the Barclays tournament. CBS has coverage of the top 125 golfers in this year’s points Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
The road to the U.S. Open concludes with tournaments in New Haven and Winston-Salem. The women’s tournament coverage from New Haven starts on ESPN2 Thursday at 1 p.m. with a quarterfinal, then ESPN2 moves to Winston-Salem at 3 p.m. for a quarterfinal. Friday, there’s women’s semifinals at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. on ESPN2, with a men’s semifinal at 5 p.m. CBS airs the finale from Winston-Salem Saturday at 12:30 p.m., and ESPN2 crowns the champion from New Haven at 3 p.m.
CBS offers Arthur Ashe kids day Sunday at noon as the stars arrive for the tournament.
NBC Sports network shows the Real Salt Lake’s visit to Philadelphia Friday at 7:30 p.m., and Dallas takes on the Galaxy Sunday at 7 p.m. ESPN2 has Kansas City against the Red Bulls Sunday at 9 p.m.
Major League Lacrosse finishes with its championship weekend, as Long Island meets Denver in one semifinal at 1 p.m. on ESPN2. The championship contest will be Sunday at 3 p.m.
The Mystics host Atlanta Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast, while ESPN2 shows the Dream against the Lynx Saturday at 7 p.m.