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.


Back to the Brickyard

Jeff Gordon won the first Brickyard 400 race in 1994.
He gets his final shot at the famous track Sunday at 3:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
Gordon claimed his fifth win at Indianapolis last year, but hasn’t won yet on his farewell tour around the circuit. Sunday’s winner will get their chance at history, and to kiss the bricks.
NBC has the Xfinity race Saturday at 3 p.m.
There’s qualifying Saturday at 11:30 a.m. for both series on NBC Sports network and practices for the races will be Friday at noon.
The Tour de France rides into Paris for its finale Sunday at 8 a.m. on NBC Sports network. There are mountain stages Thursday at 8 a.m. then Friday and Saturday at 7 a.m. before the trip to the final stage.
The Orioles close a series against the Yankees Thursday at 1 p.m. on MASN, then head to Tampa Bay for the weekend.
The Nationals visit Pittsburgh for a four-game set, with Thursday’s game on MASN at 7 p.m. and the rest of the series on MASN2.
FoxSports1 offers the A’s against Giants Saturday at 4 p.m., followed by the Braves and Cardinals at 7 p.m. The Dodgers take on the Mets Sunday at 1:10 p.m. on TBS, with the Tigers meeting the Red Sox on ESPN at 8 p.m.
Jamaica faces Mexico in the Gold Cup final from Philadelphia Sunday at 8 p.m. on FoxSports1.
Barcelona meets Manchester United in International Champions Cup play Saturday at 4 p.m. on Fox.
D.C. United visits Philadelphia on ESPN2 Sunday at 5 p.m. while FoxSports1 has Orlando against New York City Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
Canada hosts the PGA tour this weekend, with the Canadian Open on CBS Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
The best senior golfers gather for the British Senior Open starting Thursday at noon on ESPN2. Play continues Friday and Saturday at noon, with the final round Sunday at noon.
The United States amateur concludes Saturday at 2 p.m. on FoxSports1. The semifinals are Friday at 2 p.m.
ABC carries the WNBA all-star game Saturday at 3 p.m.
The Pan-Am games close Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN. Coverage of the action will be Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2, Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 3:30 and 7 p.m.
The Opening Ceremonies of the World Special Olympics games are Saturday at 9 p.m. on ESPN. There’s more action Sunday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.
NBC Sports network has motorcycle racing from Washougal Saturday at 6 p.m.


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.


Will Pharoah reign again?

American Pharoah can become an American legend – by winning two more races.
The colt continues his quest for the Triple Crown Saturday in the Preakness Stakes. NBC has coverage starting at 4:30 p.m.
The years continue to roll by since the last Triple Crown – Affirmed in 1978. By nightfall Saturday, the dream could remain alive – or be dashed yet again.
The fillies race in the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes Friday at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports network. Preliminary races before the Preakness will be featured Saturady at 2:30 p.m.
There’s Game 6 of the Cavaliers-Bulls Thursday at 8 p.m. on ESPN, and the Clippers try to close out the series with the Rockets in the nightcap. The Wizards host the Hawks Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN, followed by the Warriors and Grizzlies at 9:30 p.m.
What’s on tap for Saturday and Sunday? Depends on the results of these games.
The NHL conference finals start Saturday at 1 p.m. on NBC, with the Rangers hosting the Lightning. The action starts out west Sunday at 3 p.m., when the Ducks take on the Blackhawks.
Canada battles Belarus in the quarterfinals of the World Ice Hockey championships Thursday at 9 a.m. on NBC Sports network, with Russia-Sweden at 11:30 a.m. The gold medal game will be Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
NASCAR’s stars sprint for the cash in Charlotte Saturday night, with coverage on FoxSports1 at 7 p.m. The Truck Series goes Friday at 8:30 p.m. and the Xfinity Series visits Iowa Sunday at 2 p.m.
The pole for the Indianapolis 500 is up for grabs Saturday at 4 p.m. on ABC. There’s more qualifying Sunday at 1 p.m.
The Orioles host the Angels this weekend on MASN, while the Nationals continue their west coast swing in San Diego on MASN2.
FoxSports1 offers Marlins-Braves Saturday at 1 p.m., followed by the Pirates battling the Cubs. ESPN has the Tigers’ trip to St. Louis Sunday at 8 p.m.
On the college diamond, Virginia visits North Carolina Thursday at 7 p.m. and Friday at 11 a.m. on Comcast. Louisville takes on North Carolina State Saturday at 1 p.m.
MASN2 has Florida International against Rice Saturday at 1 p.m.
Johns Hopkins takes on Syracuse in the NCAA lacrosse quarterfinals Sunday at noon on ESPN2, followed by Maryland-North Carolina.
CBS has the PGA tour Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
Orlando City meets the Galaxy Sunday at 5 p.m. on ESPN2 and D.C. United goes to Philadelphia at 7 p.m. on FoxSports1.
The Premier League season winds down on NBC Sports network, with Southampton against Aston Villa Saturday at 7:45 a.m. and Liverpool battling Crystal Palace at 12:30 p.m. Swansea City meets Manchester City at 8:30 a.m., followed by Manchester United facing Arsenal.
There’s a women’s friendly between the United States and Mexico on FoxSports1 Sunday at 9:30 p.m.
ESPN2 brings LSU against Texas Southern in NCAA softball regionals Friday at 7 p.m. Action moves to ESPN Saturday, starting at noon with a pair of games on ESPN2 at 4 and 6:30 p.m. There’s final games at one site on ESPN Sunday at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. (if necessary) and ESPN2 has a contest at 7 p.m.
NBC Sports network carries the Tour of California, continuing Thursday at 5 p.m. There’s Stage 6 at Big Bear Lake Friday at 5 p.m.
There’s motorcycle racing on NBC Sports network Saturday at 7 p.m.


Back to the Brickyard

For one last time, the ESPN crew will bring you the final part of the NASCAR season.
The Brickyard 400 Sunday at 1 p.m. starts ESPN’s part of its final contract year. In 2015, Fox and NBC will split TV duties.
It’s been 20 years since Jeff Gordon won the first Brickyard. He leads the points race going into Indianapolis, with several drivers seeking that first win that might nab a spot in the final 10-race playoff.
Qualifying will be Saturday at 2 p.m. on ESPN, followed by the Nationwide race Saturday at 4:30 p.m.
On two wheels, the cyclists head for the finish in Paris this weekend. NBC Sports network has stages of the Tour de France Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 a.m., with the final race to Paris Sunday at 9 a.m.
The Orioles start a four-game set in Seattle Thursday at 10 p.m. on MASN, with the rest of the series on MASN2. The Nationals host the Reds on MASN starting Friday.
FoxSports1 has the Reds and Nationals Saturday at 4 p.m., followed by Indians-Royals. The Yankees host the Blue Jays on TBS Sunday at 1 p.m., and it’s Dodgers against Giants on ESPN Sunday at 8 p.m.
CBS has the Canadian Open Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
The Senior Open will be on ESPN2, with the opening round Thursday at noon. Coverage continues Friday and Saturday at noon, with the final round Sunday at noon.
Calgary takes on Edmonton in CFL action Thursday at 9 p.m. on ESPN2. Toronto battles Saskatchewan Saturday at 10 p.m. on ESPN2.
The road to the U.S. Open begins in Atlanta, with quarterfinal play Friday at 4 and 7 p.m. on ESPN2. The semifinals are Saturday at 3 p.m., with the final Sunday at 4 p.m.
The Mystics host Tulsa Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast and Atlanta Sunday at 4 p.m.
NBC Sports network has Motorcycle racing from Washougal Saturday at 6 p.m.
The World Series of beach volleyball will be on NBC Sports network Friday at 3 p.m.


Father’s Day viewing

Father’s Day comes early this year – with plenty on the sporting calendar.
The World Cup kicks off Thursday from Sao Paolo, with host Brazil facing Croatia at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN.
Spain meets Netherlands Friday at 3 p.m. on ESPN. Mexico battles Cameroon on ESPN2 Friday at 11:30 a.m. and it’s Chile-Australia at 5:30 p.m.
ABC joins the action Saturday at 11:30 a.m. when Colombia meets Greece, and it’s Uruguay-Costa Rica at 2:30 p.m. ESPN has England against Italy at 5:30 p.m., followed by Ivory Coast-Japan at 8:30 p.m.
Sunday’s play on ABC starts with Switzerland facing Ecuador at 11:30 a.m. and France faces Honduras at 2:30 p.m. ESPN has the action at 5:30 p.m. when Argentina plays Bosnia-Herzegovina.
The Heat and Spurs continue their battle for the NBA championship Thursday at 9 p.m. on ABC. Game 5 will be back in San Antonio Sunday at 8 p.m.
The Stanley Cup Final returns to Los Angeles for Game 5 Friday on NBC at 8 p.m.
Pinehurst hosts the best golfers at the U.S. Open starting Thursday. NBC has coverage 3-5 on Thursday and Friday, and starts action Saturday and Sunday at noon. ESPN starts Thursday’s action at 9 a.m., and rejoins at 6 p.m. There’s more Friday at 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
The Orioles close their homestand with a four-game set against the Blue Jays (Thursday on MASN2 and the rest of weekend on MASN). The Nationals have a Thursday afternoon contest against the Giants on MASN, then visit St. Louis on MASN2 Friday and Sunday.
Fox has Nationals and Cardinals Saturday at 7 p.m., along with the Angels against Braves and Reds meeting the Brewers. FoxSports1 offers Twins-Tigers at 4 p.m. Saturday, and ESPN has the Angels facing the Braves Sunday at 8 p.m.
Eight teams, including Virginia, have gathered in Omaha for the College World Series. UC-Irvine takes on Texas to start the action Saturday at 3 p.m. on ESPN2, and Vanderbilt meets Louisville at 8 p.m. Texas Tech tackles TCU at 3 p.m. Sunday, and the Cavaliers faces Mississippi at 8 p.m.
Pool play continues through the week.
NASCAR visits Michigan for the weekend, with Sprint Cup series coverage on TNT Sunday at 1 p.m. The Nationwide racers go Saturday at 2 p.m. on ESPN and the truck series will be on FoxSports1 Saturday at 8:30 p.m.
The Mystics host Chicago Friday at 7 p.m. and Atlanta Sunday at 4 p.m. on Comcast. ESPN2 has Minnesota hosting Phoenix Sunday at 1 p.m.
NBC Sports network has the Diamond League Grand Prix Saturday at 4 p.m.
The Motocross circuit visits High Point on NBC Sports network Saturday at 2 p.m.


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.


Boog-ity, boog-ity, boog-ity bye-bye

At the Monster Mile this weekend, Darrell Waltrip will reach up one more time.
“Boog-ity, boog-ity, boog-ity, let’s go racing boys.”
Fox closes its portion of the Sprint Cup series at Dover Sunday at 1 p.m. It’s off to TNT for a few races until the Brickyard in late July.
Those who enjoy diversity atop the leaderboard didn’t like Sunday’s result – Jimmie Johnson claimed his first victory of the season. Looks like he’ll be in the chase for the championship this fall, going for his seventh NASCAR title.
The Nationwide tour hits the Monster Mile Saturday at 2 p.m. on ESPN.
ABC carries the IndyCar Detroit Duals Saturday and Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
It’s all tied up out West in the NBA, with Game 5 between Oklahoma City and San Antonio Thursday at 9 p.m. on TNT. Game 6 will be Saturday at 8:30 p.m. from Oklahoma City, and Game 7 if necessary Monday. The Heat try to close out the Pacers Friday at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN. Indiana hosts Game 7 Sunday at 8:30 p.m., if necessary.
The Stanley Cup final will start June 4, and the New York Rangers will try to earn their berth there Thursday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network. Game 7, if necessary, would be Saturday at 8 p.m. The Blackhawks stayed alive Wednesday, and head to Los Angeles for Game 6 Friday at 9 p.m. The deciding game will be back in Chicago Sunday at 8 p.m. if necessary.
The Orioles continue their road trip in Houston for the weekend on MASN2 (Thursday on MASN) while the Nationals host the Rangers on MASN.
The Pirates host the Dodgers Saturday night on Fox and Sunday night on ESPN2. Some parts of the country will see Rays-Red Sox Saturday, and FoxSports1 offers Braves at Marlins Saturday at 4 p.m.
NCAA teams start the road to Omaha this weekend, and ESPN2 has regional contests Saturday at 5 and 8 p.m.
CBS presents the Memorial tournament Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
The weekend means the midpoint of the French Open. NBC has coverage Saturday at noon and Sunday at 1 p.m. while ESPN2 starts action Thursday and Friday at 5 a.m.
D.C. United hosts Kansas City Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast. The United States gears up for the World Cup with a friendly against Turkey Sunday at 1:30 p.m. on ESPN.
The softball College World Series starts Thursday at noon on ESPN with Baylor-Florida, followed by top-seed Oregon against Florida State at 2:30 p.m. The action moves to ESPN2 at 7 p.m. with Kentucky against Louisiana-Lafayette, followed by Oklahoma against Alabama at 9:30 p.m.
ESPN2 has winner’s bracket games Friday at 7 and 9:30 p.m. The loser’s bracket kicks off action Saturday at noon on ESPN2, with another game at 2:30 p.m. Friday’s losers meet Saturday’s winners at 7 and 9:30 p.m. on ESPN.
The winner’s bracket continues on ESPN Sunday at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
The best collegiate rugby teams head to Philadelphia for their championship Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m., and NBC Sports network joins the action Saturday at 4:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
NBC has the final events of the Prefontaine Classic from Oregon Saturday at 4:30 p.m. NBC Sports network has coverage at 3:30 p.m.
NBC Sports network has the Hangtown MX Classic motocross championship Saturday at 6 p.m.


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.


Another 1 to watch

Do you have a need for Speed Channel? Fox Sports doesn’t anymore.
Speed will be rebranded as Fox Sports1 on Saturday, and sister channel Fuel TV will become Fox Sports2.
UFC gets primetime coverage Saturday, after some practices before the NASCAR race in Michigan. There will be new studio shows as the new network gets ready for football season.
ESPN has the NASCAR race from Michigan Sunday at noon. The Nationwide racers are in mid-Ohio Saturday at 3 p.m. on ESPN.
There’s a pair of preseason games this week on ESPN, as the Chargers meet the Bears on Thursday and the Redskins face the Steelers at Monday night.
Comcast shows the Ravens hosting the Falcons Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Fox brings two contests, with Tampa Bay at New England Friday at 8 p.m. and the Colts facing the Giants Sunday at 7 p.m.
The Arena Football season ends Saturday with Philadelphia facing Arizona on CBS at 1 p.m.
The Nationals host San Francisco Thursday at 4 p.m. on MASN, then travel to division-leading Atlanta for the weekend. The Orioles finish a two-week stretch against the NL West, facing Colorado on MASN2.
It’s another weekend of Yankees-Red Sox – Saturday afternoon on Fox and Sunday night on ESPN. Fox also features Diamondbacks-Pirates and Cardinals taking on the Cubs. TBS shows the Dodgers in Philadelphia Sunday afternoon.
Action begins in the Little League World Series Thursday at 1 p.m. with an international contest on ESPN. Washington plays Texas at 3 p.m., then it’s off to ESPN2 at 5 p.m. for Australia-Mexico before Tennessee meets the Connecticut entrant at 7 p.m.
Friday, there’s an international game on ESPN at 1 p.m. before California takes on Michigan at 3 p.m. ESPN2 shows the Czechs against Japan at 5 p.m., and it’s back to the big stadium at 8 p.m. for Delaware-Iowa.
Second contests will be on ESPN Saturday at noon, 6 and 8 p.m. (ABC has coverage at 3 p.m.), and action continues Sunday at 2 p.m. on ABC, 5 p.m. on ESPN, noon and 7 p.m. on ESPN2
Junior League softball crowns its champion Saturday at 5 p.m. on ESPN2, and the Junior League baseball final will be Sunday at 10 a.m. The top Senior League teams meet Sunday at 2 p.m.
The English Premier League starts a new season this weekend, with three games on NBC Sports network and Swansea City vs. Manchester Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on NBC. NBC Sports network starts Saturday with Liverpool against Stoke City at 7:45 a.m., and Sunday there’s Crystal Palace-Tottenham at 8:30 a.m. before Chelsea faces Hull City at 10:55 a.m.
D.C. United travels to Montreal Satuday at 7 p.m. on Comcast, and NBC Sports network has Philadelphia against the Red Bulls Saturday at 8 p.m.
CBS has the Wyndham Championships PGA event Saturday at 3:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. The top amateurs battle for the U.S. title Saturday and Sunday at 4 p.m. on NBC.
The tennis tour heads to Cincinnati ahead of the U.S. Open. ESPN2 has coverage Thursday at 1 and 9 p.m., then there’s quarterfinal play Friday at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. The semifinals are Saturday at 1 and 7 p.m., then CBS has the men’s final Sunday at 12:30 p.m. ESPN2 brings the women’s final at 4 p.m.
The U.S. Gymnastics championships will be Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network. Competition continues Saturday at 8 p.m. on NBC, with the final events Sunday at 1 p.m.
NBC Sports network offers the Alabama and Sword Dancer Invitational Saturday at 5 p.m.
Motorcycle racers rev up the action from Utah Saturday at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports network.