Big Cup of soccer

Every four years, countries from around the world gather to determine the best in soccer.
In between, the continents crown their own champions.
Copa America Centenario started last weekend, and the group stage continues Thursday as Uruguay meets Venezuela on FoxSports1 at 7:30 p.m. before Mexico takes on Jamaica at the Rose Bowl at 10 p.m.
Fox has two contests Friday, with Chile-Bolivia at 7 p.m. followed by Argentina against Panama at 9:30 p.m.
The United States faces Paraguay in its third group contest Saturday at 7 p.m. on FoxSports1, and Brazil battles Peru Sunday at 8:30 p.m. on FoxSports1.
The quarterfinals will be next weekend.
Euro 2016 kicks off Friday at 2:30 p.m. as host France faces Romania on ESPN.
Saturday’s action on ESPN begins at 8:30 a.m. with Albania-Switzerland, followed by Wales against Slovakia at 11:30 a.m. before England faces Russia at 2:30 p.m.
Turkey takes on Croatia Sunday at 8:30 a.m. on ESPN, with Poland meeting Northern Ireland at 11:30 a.m. and Germany takes on Ukraine at 2:30 p.m.
The Penguins attempt to clinch the Stanley Cup championship Thursday at 8 p.m. on NBC. Game 6, if necessary, will be Sunday.
Cleveland hosts Golden State in Game 4 of the NBA Finals Friday at 9 p.m. on ABC.
The Orioles visit Toronto for a four-game set starting Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN. Games Friday and Saturday are on MASN2, with Sunday’s finale on MASN.
The Nationals take on the White Sox Thursday at 8 p.m. on MASN2 before hosting the Phillies for the weekend. Friday and Saturday’s contests will be on MASN, moving to MASN2 Sunday afternoon.
The Pirates host the Cardinals on Fox Saturday at 7 p.m. and ESPN Sunday at 5 p.m., while the Dodgers and Giants get coverage Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
Fox also offers the Yankees against the Tigers Saturday, while the Indians battle the Angels on FoxSports1 Saturday at 10:05 p.m.
The road to Omaha continues with super regionals this weekend, starting Friday at 6 and 9 p.m. on ESPN2. ESPN has a game Saturday at 9 p.m., while ESPN2 has action at noon, 3 and 6 p.m., while there’s four games on ESPN2 Sunday starting at noon.
NASCAR heads to Michigan, with the Sprint Cup race Sunday at 1 p.m. on FoxSports1.The Xfinity face goes Saturday at 1 p.m. on FoxSports1, with the Truck race Friday at 9 p.m.
Texas hosts the IndyCar Firestone 600 Saturday at 8:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network, with practice Friday at noon.
The Canadian Grand Prix will be Sunday at 2 p.m. on NBC. NBC Sports network has qualifying Saturday at 1 p.m. after practice Friday at 2 p.m.
The PGA tour visits Memphis, with coverage on CBS Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
The Triple Crown of horse racing concludes with the Belmont Stakes on NBC Saturday at 5 p.m. NBC Sports network has the Belmont preps Saturday at 3 p.m.
ESPN has the NCAA outdoor track and field championships, with women’s semifinals Thursday at 8 p.m. on ESPN. The men’s finals are Friday at 8:30 p.m. and women’s finals Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
NBC Sports network offers the USA Wrestling World team trials Sunday at 3 p.m.


Into the home stretch

Saturday is August 1.
The time of the baseball season for contenders to kick into gear and pretenders to begin thinking about Spring Training 2016.
The Nationals hold the lead in the National League East, and close a series in Miami Thursday at noon on MASN. They visit the Mets for the weekend, with games Friday and Saturday on MASN before playing Sunday night on ESPN.
The Orioles have a four-game set with the Tigers, starting Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN. Games Friday and Saturday will be on MASN2, with the series finale Sunday afternoon on MASN.
FoxSports1 has the battle of Los Angeles between the Angels and Dodgers Saturday at 4 p.m., and TBS offers Yankees-White Sox Sunday at 2 p.m.
NASCAR visits Pocono, with the Sprint Cup race Sunday at 1:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network. The Truck race goes Saturday at 1 p.m. on FoxSports1, while the Xfinity Series visits Iowa Saturday at 8 p.m.
The PGA tour visits Northern Virginia this weekend, with coverage on CBS Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
ESPN2 carries the British Women’s Open, starting with first-round play Thursday at 9 a.m. Action continues Friday at 9 a.m., with the third round Saturday at 10 a.m. and final round Sunday at noon.
The best NBA players from Africa take on the world in South Africa Saturday at 9 a.m. on ESPN.
Former NBA players try to shine in the Basketball Tournament semifinals Saturday at 2 and 4 p.m. on ESPN. The winners meet for the championship Sunday at 3 p.m.
Winnipeg battles British Columbia in CFL action Thursday at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN2. Saskatchewan takes on Edmonton Friday at 9 p.m.
D.C. United hosts Real Salt Lake Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast. San Jose tangles with Portland Sunday at 5 p.m. on ESPN2 while Dallas heads to Chicago on FoxSports1 Sunday at 7 p.m.
ESPN2 has the semifinals of the BB&T Atlanta Open Saturday at 4 p.m., with the final Sunday at 3 p.m. There’s World Team Tennis play Sunday at 1 p.m.
The Special Olympics World Games continue Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN. Action continues Friday and Saturday at 7 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.


Open up

Will there be a Speith slam?
Jordan Speith claimed the first two majors of 2015, and goes for the third this weekend at The Open, being played at St. Andrews.
ESPN has coverage starting Thursday and Friday at 4 a.m. The third round gets underway Saturday at 7 a.m., with the final round beginning at 6 a.m.
Tom Watson, five-time winner of the Open, will be making his trip around the course. Wild weather might invade on Friday, making the historic course even tougher.
Celebrity golfers gather at Tahoe this weekend, with action Friday at 6 p.m. on NBC Sports network and moving to Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. on NBC.
With the All-Star break over, the Nationals host the Dodgers on MASN for the weekend. Saturday’s game will also be shown on FoxSports1, and TBS carries the Sunday contest.
The Orioles tangle with the Tigers in Detroit on MASN2.
FoxSports1 offers Indians-Reds Saturday at 7 p.m. and ESPN closes the weekend when the Red Sox visit the Angels Sunday at 8 p.m.
NBC Sports network carries the NASCAR race from New Hampshire Sunday at 1:30 p.m. The Xfinity Series goes Saturday at 4 p.m., after qualifying for both groups at 11 a.m. There’s practice Friday at 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.
The IndyCar series visits Iowa Saturday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
Baltimore hosts the United States’ match with Cuba in the Gold Cup Saturday at 5 p.m. on Fox. FoxSports1 has a pair of games from the Meadowlands Sunday, with Trinidad-Panama at 4:30 and  Mexico meeting Costa Rica at 7:30 p.m.
D.C. United heads to Dallas on Comcast Saturday at 9 p.m. The Crew take on Chicago Sunday at 5 p.m. on ESPN2
The Tour de France continues on NBC Sports network Thursday at 6 a.m. Friday’s stage starts at 8 a.m., and there’s more racing Sunday at 8 a.m.
ESPN2 has the Pan-Am games from Toronto Thursday at 9 p.m. and Friday at 8 p.m. The action continues Saturday at 7 p.m., with more on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.


Breakfast at Wimbledon

The best players of the fortnight reach for the championship this weekend.
wimbledonESPN has the men’s and women’s finals from Wimbledon. The men hit the court Sunday at 9 a.m., after the women’s championship Saturday at 9 a.m.
The ladies semifinals are Thursday at 8 a.m. Garbine Muguruza takes on Agnieszka Radwanska in the first match followed by Serena Williams against Maria Sharapova.
Friday’s men’s semifinals feature top-seed Novak Djokovic against Richard Gasquet, then Andy Murray battles Roger Federer.
The Nationals and Orioles have their Battle of the Beltways at Camden Yards this weekend. Coverage is on MASN and MASN2 Friday and Sunday, with Fox carrying Saturday’s game at 7 p.m.
FoxSports1 brings the Tigers and Twins Saturday at 4 p.m.
The Red Sox and Yankees meet Saturday on Fox and Sunday at 1:35 p.m. on TBS, while the Cardinals battle the Pirates Saturday on Fox and Saturday at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
NASCAR visits Kentucky for the weekend, with coverage on NBC Sports network Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The Xfinity racers go Friday at 7:30 p.m. and there’s the truck race Thursday at 7:30 p.m. on FoxSports1.
There’s practice Thursday at 2 and 4 p.m. on NBC Sports network, with qualifying Friday at 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
The Indy Car circuit visits Milwaukee Sunday at 5 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
CBS offers the John Deere Classic Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
The U.S. Women’s Open airs on Fox Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. The first two rounds will be on FoxSports1 Thursday and Friday at 2 p.m.
Play continues in the Gold Cup Thursday at 9:30 p.m. with Mexico and Cuba battling in Chicago on FoxSports1. The United States meets Haiti Friday at 8:30 p.m. at Foxborough.
New York FC tangles with Toronto Sunday at 3 p.m. on ESPN. The Galaxy take on Club America Saturday at 11:30 p.m. in the International Champions Cup.
North of the border, Ottawa takes on Edmonton Thursday at 9 p.m. on ESPN2 and Montreal meets Winnipeg Friday at 7 p.m.
In Arena Football, New Orleans faces San Jose Friday at 11 p.m. on ESPN2.
The Tour de France spends some time along the roads of northwest France, with Stage 6 starting Thursday at 8 a.m. on NBC Sports network. Stage 7 is Friday at 8 a.m., with NBC carrying Saturday’s stage at 8 a.m. It’s back to NBC Sports network Sunday at 8 a.m.
There’s action from the Pan American Games Friday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN and Saturday and Sunday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.
Comcast offers NBA Summer League play, with the Wizards against the Suns Saturday at 6 p.m. and the D-League select team Sunday at 4 p.m.


And the field is…

Who’s going to play where?
Who has the best seed?
And the easier path to the Final Four?
2014 final fourSome questions will be answered – and more speculation will rise – when the 68-team NCAA tournament field gets announced Sunday at 6 p.m. on CBS.
As top seed in the ACC tournament, Virginia opens play Friday at noon on the ACC network. The 15-team event started Wednesday, with four games Thursday and Friday. Thursday’s action begins at noon with Maryland-Florida State, and fifth-seed Pittsburgh makes its debut against Wake Forest.
Evening session games feature seventh-seeded N.C. State against Miami at 7 p.m. and Clemson-Georgia Tech in the nightcap. After Virginia opens action Friday, North Carolina plays at 2 p.m., followed by Syracuse at 7 p.m. and Duke at 9:30 p.m.
Semifinals are Saturday at 1:30 and 4 p.m., with the final Sunday at 1 p.m.
The Conference USA title game will be Saturday at 11:30 a.m. on CBS, followed by a pair of semifinals in the Big Ten. The best of the Mountain West meet at 6 p.m.
Before the field is announced, CBS has the Atlantic 10 championship at 1 p.m. and the Big Ten title tilt at 3:30 p.m.
FoxSports1 covers the Big East quarterfinals, with four games on Thursday starting at noon. There’s semifinals Friday at 7 and 9:30 p.m. and final Saturday at 8:30 p.m.
The Pac-12 has a quarterfinal on Thursday at 11:30 p.m., and a semifinal Friday at 11:30 p.m. The tournament final will be Saturday at 6 p.m.
The new American Athletic Conference has its first championship game Saturday at 6 p.m. on ESPN, and the best of Big 12 play at 9 p.m. The American semifinals are Friday at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
ESPN2 has a pair of quarterfinal games from the Big 12 tournament Thursday at 12:30 and 3 p.m.
Penn State meets Minnesota in the first round of the Big Ten tournament Thursday at 6:30 p.m., then Northwestern faces Iowa.
ESPN2 features five championship games Saturday. America East starts the day at 11:30 a.m., then it’s the SWAC at 4:30 p.m. and MAC at 6:30 p.m. The Southland crowns its champion at 8:30 p.m., and the Big West has the nightcap at 10:30 p.m. The Sun Belt winner will claim its berth Sunday at 1 p.m.
ABC carries the SEC tournament semifinals Saturday at 1 and 3 p.m., with the final on ESPN Sunday at 3:15 p.m.
MASN has a pair of games from the Big 12 quarterfinals Thursday – Oklahoma plays Baylor at 7 p.m. followed by West Virginia-Texas. The semifinals are Friday at 7 and 9:30 p.m.
The Atlantic 10 first round will be on Comcast Thursday at noon and 9:30 p.m. NBC Sports network has two other first round games – at 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. – and the Atlantic 10 quarterfinals Friday starting at noon.
Getting ready for the women’s tournament, Comcast carries the CAA tournament semifinals Saturday at noon and 2:30 p.m. The final is Sunday at noon.
The Rockets visit Chicago on TNT Thursday at 7 p.m., followed by the Lakers’ trip to Oklahoma City. Houston gets another appearance Sunday at 3:30 p.m., meeting the Heat on ABC.
The Wizards visit the Magic Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast, and the Nets come calling Saturday at 7 p.m.
NASCAR visits Thunder Valley, with Fox covering the Sprint Cup race Sunday at 1 p.m. ESPN2 has the Nationwide race Saturday at 2:15 p.m.
The Australian Grand Prix will be Sunday at 2 a.m. on NBC Sports network. There’s qualifying Saturday at 2 a.m., and practice runs Thursday at 9:30 p.m. and Friday at 1:30 a.m.
The Orioles face the Yankees in spring training play Saturday at 1 p.m. on MASN. The Tigers tangle with the Nationals Sunday at 1 p.m.
Texas Tech meets Baylor on the college diamond Saturday at 1 p.m. on FoxSports1.
NBC offers the Flyers and Penguins Sunday at noon. The Capitals host the Maple Leafs Sunday at 3 p.m. while NBC Sports network brings the Red Wings and Blackhawks Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
The PGA tour’s Valspar Championship will be on NBC Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
There’s three games in the Premier League Saturday on NBC Sports network. Hull City faces Manchester City at 8:45 a.m., then it’s Sunderland-Crystal Palace at 11 a.m. and Chelsea clashes with Aston Villa at 1:30 p.m. Manchester United tangles with Liverpool at 9:30 p.m. before Tottenham Hotspur meets Arsenal at noon.
Toronto faces Seattle in MLS action Saturday on NBC Sports network.
MASN has games from the Europa League round of 16 Thursday at 2 and 4 p.m.
The Paralympic Games in Sochi close Sunday at 3:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network. There’s the semifinals of Ice Sledge Hockey Thursday at noon, and snowboarding at 3 p.m.


Tournament championship time

Getting ready for March Madness, there might be big news at Arch Madness.
archWichita State takes a perfect 31-0 record into the Missouri Valley Conference tournament. If the Shockers advance to the final and win Sunday at 2 p.m. on CBS, they would be the first undefeated team to enter the NCAA tournament since UNLV in 1991.
Before the Shockers’ possible shot at history, there’s another shocker on CBS at noon – ACC front-runner Virginia bidding farewell to Maryland. The Terps will join the Big Ten next year, and that conference has the 4:30 p.m. game – Ohio State-Michigan State.
There’s three games on CBS Saturday, starting at noon with Kentucky at top-ranked Florida. Connecticut travels to Louisville at 2 p.m., then it’s Arizona-Oregon.
The first automatic bids for the NCAA tournament will be given Saturday on ESPN2, with the Ohio Valley contest at 7 p.m. The Big South crowns its champion at noon Sunday, followed by the Atlantic Sun at 2 p.m.
ESPN features a pair of top-25 matchups Thursday, with Memphis-Cincinnati at 7 p.m. and Iowa against Michigan State in the nightcap. Saturday starts with a Big 12 doubleheader, with conference champion Kansas visiting West Virginia at noon and Oklahoma State-Iowa State at 2 p.m. Missouri travels to Tennessee at 4 p.m. and Indiana meets Michigan before the GameDay crew catches the annual finale between North Carolina and Duke at 9 p.m.
LSU battles Vanderbilt Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2, then it’s UCLA facing Washington. Friday at 7 p.m., it’s Kent State-Akron.
SMU meets Memphis Saturday at noon, then it’s Virginia Tech against Georgia Tech. The night closes with a pair of West Coast Conference tournament games at 9 and 11:30 p.m.
The ACC network closes the regular season with Pittsburgh at Clemson Saturday at 4 p.m. and Syracuse-Florida State Sunday at 3 p.m.
Villanova visits Xavier Thursday at 7 p.m. on FoxSports1, followed by Butler-DePaul. There’s four games on Saturday, starting at noon with St. John’s clashing with Marquette. It’s Georgetown-Villanova at 2 p.m. and Seton Hall against Butler at 4:30 p.m., with the nightcap featuring UCLA and Washington State at 11 p.m.
MASN2 has a Big 12 doubleheader Saturday, with Baylor at Kansas State at 1:30 p.m. and Oklahoma taking on TCU at 4 p.m. Duquesne and George Mason meet at 7 p.m.
George Washington closes its regular season at Fordham on Comcast Saturday at 4:30 p.m. There’s two games from the CAA quarterfinals, with top-seed Delaware playing at noon followed by Drexel-Northeastern.
NBC Sports network offers George Mason against LaSalle Thursday at 8 p.m. There’s the semifinals of the CAA tournament Sunday at 2:30 and 5 p.m.
Comcast has a pair of games from the ACC women’s tournament Thursday, with Syracuse playing a Wednesday winner at 11 a.m. followed by Miami-Florida State. The top four seeds enter play Friday, with North Carolina State playing at 11 a.m., Notre Dame at 2, Duke at 6 and Maryland at 8 p.m.
ESPN has four conference championship games Sunday. The Big Ten crowns its champion at 1 p.m., then the best of the SEC battle at 3:30 p.m. The ACC title game is at 7 p.m. The Big 12 tournament semifinals are on FoxSports1 Sunday at 3 and 5:30 p.m.
There’s a Big 12 quarterfinal game on MASN2 Saturday at 9:30 p.m.
The Heat head to San Antonio Thursday at 8 p.m. on TNT, followed by Clippers-Lakers. ESPN offers the Grizzlies and Bulls Friday at 7 p.m., then the Pacers visit the Rockets.
ABC has the Heat and Bulls Sunday at 1 p.m. followed by the Thunder taking on the Lakers.
It’s another weekend out west for NASCAR, with the race from Las Vegas Sunday at 3 p.m. on Fox. ESPN2 has the Nationwide race Saturday at 4 p.m.
The Capitals host Boston Thursday at 7 p.m. on Comcast and Phoenix comes to town Saturday at 7 p.m. NBC brings the Red Wings at Rangers Sunday at noon.
The Penguins visit San Jose Thursday at 10:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network. The Blackhawks head to Buffalo Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
NBC offers the PGA tour’s Cadillac Championships Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.
The Orioles face the Phillies in a spring training game Friday at 1 p.m. on MASN, then play the Red Sox Saturday at 1 p.m. The Nationals go against the Cardinals Sunday at 1 p.m.
MASN2 has college softball between UAB and East Carolina Sunday at noon.
The MLS season season this weekend, with Sporting Kansas City facing Seattle Saturday at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
NBC Sports network has the opening ceremonies of the Paralympic Games at Sochi Friday at 11 a.m. There’s Alpine skiing Saturday at 1 a.m. and cross-country skiing Sunday at 1 a.m.


See you in Pyeongchang

Just a few more days before bobsledding and curling leave the scene for four more years.
It’s the final weekend of the Sochi Olympics, capped by Sunday’s men’s ice hockey gold medal game at 7 a.m. The closing ceremonies air at 7 p.m., then the preparation for the 2018 Winter Games begin.
NBC airs the women’s gold medal ice hockey game between the United States and Canada Thursday at noon, before the primetime coverage at 8 p.m. Friday’s action will be at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., and events Saturday will be shown at 2:30 and 8 p.m.
NBC Sports network brings figure skating Thursday at 10 a.m. Action begins Friday at 3 a.m. with curling, and the men’s ice hockey semifinals are at 6:30 a.m. and noon.
There’s cross-country skiing Saturday at 4:30 a.m., followed by the bronze medal men’s ice hockey game at 10 a.m. and figure skating at 12:30 p.m. Coverage closes with bobsledding Sunday at 4 a.m.
While the Olympics close out, the new NASCAR season starts with the Daytona 500 Sunday on Fox. ESPN has the opener of the Nationwide racing season Saturday at 1:15 p.m. while the twin 125s are on FoxSports1 Thursday at 7 p.m. The flag drops on the first Truck Series race Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Duke and North Carolina had to postpone their contest last week, rescheduling for Thursday at 9 p.m. on ESPN and the ACC network. Michigan State plays Purdue at 7 p.m.
Duke gets another chance at top-ranked Syracuse Saturday at 7 p.m., followed by Arizona-Colorado. LSU takes on Kentucky at 4 p.m.
ESPN2 offers three games on Thursday, starting at 7 p.m. with Alabama against Texas A&M. Connecticut takes on Temple at 9 p.m., then BYU meets Gonzaga in the nightcap. VCU meets Massachusetts Friday at 7 p.m.
Virginia meets Notre Dame on ESPN2 Saturday at 2 p.m., after Wisconsin-Iowa at noon. Iowa State takes on TCU at 4 p.m., followed by UCLA-Stanford and Missouri against Alabama. San Diego State faces New Mexico at 10 p.m., and the slate closes at midnight with Gonzaga taking on San Diego.
North Carolina meets Wake Forest at noon Saturday on ACC network, and other areas see Boston College-Miami.
CBS has regional action Saturday at noon, with Florida facing Mississippi and Louisville meeting Cincinnati. Michigan and Michigan State battle Sunday at noon.
FoxSports1 starts its action Saturday at 11:30 a.m. when Xavier travels to Georgetown. It’s St. John’s-Villanova at 1:30 p.m., followed by UAB at Charlotte. Providence meets Butler Sunday at 6 p.m., followed by Southern Cal against California.
There’s three games on Comcast Saturday, starting in the ACC with Clemson-Georgia Tech at noon. Virginia Tech plays North Carolina State at 2 p.m., followed by Northeastern against William & Mary. Drexel tangles with Delaware Sunday at 3 p.m.
Mount St. Mary’s meets Central Connecticut Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN. West Virginia hosts Baylor at 1:30 p.m. on MASN, followed by Kansas State-Oklahoma.
Texas Tech takes on Oklahoma State Saturday at 1:30 p.m. on MASN2.
NBC Sports network brings Ivy League action, with Brown at Cornell Saturday at 8 p.m. Yale heads to Columbia Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
Comcast offers a women’s basketball doubleheader Thursday, as North Carolina visits Virginia at 6:30 p.m. before Florida State takes on Maryland. Wake Forest meets Miami Sunday at 1 p.m.
Charlotte visits Middle Tennessee on MASN2 Saturday at 4 p.m. and Kansas heads to Oklahoma at 8 p.m. Sunday at 3 p.m., Oklahoma State faces Texas Tech.
Notre Dame meets Duke in a battle of top 10 squads Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN. ESPN2 has a Sunday doubleheader, with Kentucky against Texas A&M at 2 p.m. and Maryland-Georgia Tech at 4 p.m. Georgetown hosts Villanova on FoxSports1 Sunday at 1 p.m.
Oklahoma City hosts Miami on TNT Thursday at 8 p.m., with Houston-Golden State in the nightcap. ESPN offers Denver-Chicago at 8 p.m. Friday, followed by the Celtics taking on the Lakers. Sunday at 9 p.m., the Rockets head to Phoenix.
ABC has the Clippers and Thunder Sunday at 1 p.m., then it’s Bulls at Heat.
The Wizards host the Pelicans Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast, then travel to Cleveland Sunday at 6 p.m.
CBS has the final two days of the Match Play Championship Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.
MASN shows action from the UEFA Europe League Thursday, with Dynamo Kyiv against Valencia at 1 p.m. followed by Porto against Eintracht Frankfurt.
In Premier League, Crystal Palace meets Manchester United on NBC Saturday at 12:30 p.m., while USA shows Arsenal against Sunderland. Chelsea clashes with Everton Saturday at 7:45 a.m. on NBC Sports network, and there’s a pair of contests Sunday – Liverpool plays Swansea City at 8:30 a.m. followed by Norwich City against Tottenham Hotspur.
Notre Dame hosts Boston University Friday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The USA Indoor track and field championships are on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.


Stars shine down south

The best NBA players are gathering in New Orleans.
The best NASCAR drivers are gathering in Daytona.
Even the Winter Olympics are in the southern part of Russia. Can’t you tell by the warm temperatures?
allstar2014NBA’s mid-season break begins Friday with the Celebrity game on ESPN at 7 p.m. TNT has the Rising Stars contest at 9 p.m. All-Star Saturday, including the 3-point shot and dunk competitions, will be on TNT starting at 8 p.m.
The stars shine starting Sunday at 8 p.m. on TNT.
Before the big weekend, TNT has the Nets’ trip to Chicago at 8 p.m. before the Thunder battle the Lakers in the nightcap.
NASCAR gears up for the season with the Unlimited Saturday at 8 p.m. on FoxSports1. Qualifying for the Daytona 500 will be Sunday at 1 p.m. on Fox, with two racers securing their spots in the Great American race.
NBC’s Olympic coverage continues Thursday at 3 and 8 p.m. There’s more action Friday and Saturday at 3 and 8 p.m., and Sunday’s coverage will be at 3 and 7 p.m.
There’s live figure skating on NBC Sports network starting Thursday at 10 a.m. Action begins Friday at 5 a.m. with cross-country skiing, followed by ice hockey at 7:30 a.m. and figure skating at 10 a.m.
Saturday has ice hockey at 3 a.m., 7 a.m. and noon along with cross-country skiing and skeleton. Sunday it’s cross-country skiing at 5 a.m. and ice skating at 10 a.m.
USA network joins the action Thursday at noon with Canada facing Norway. There’s women’s curling between the United States and Denmark Friday at 5 a.m. before more ice hockey matching Canada and Austria at noon.
The Swedes meet Latvia Saturday at noon and there’s three games on Sunday. Norway meets Austria at 3 a.m., followed by Russia-Slovakia at 7:30 a.m. and Finland against Canada at noon.
ESPN has a Thursday college basketball doubleheader, with Louisville visiting Temple at 7 p.m. before Minnesota meets Wisconsin. Second-ranked Arizona battles Arizona State Friday at 9 p.m.
Saturday’s slate starts at noon with Memphis-Connecticut. VCU visits Saint Louis at 2 p.m., followed by Indiana against Purdue and Maryland playing Duke at 6 p.m. The Gameday crew catches Florida and Kentucky at 9 p.m.
Arkansas takes on Missouri on ESPN2 Thursday at 7 p.m., then UCLA faces Colorado at 9 p.m.
Virginia travels to Clemson on ESPN2 Saturday at noon, followed by Oklahoma-Oklahoma State. It’s Tennessee-Missouri at 4 p.m., then Georgia State meets Troy and BYU faces St. Mary’s at 8 p.m. Rutgers goes against Louisville Sunday at 6 p.m.
Syracuse tries to remain unbeaten against North Carolina State Saturday at 3 p.m. on the ACC network.
CBS offers Pittsburgh’s trip to North Carolina Saturday at 1 p.m., and Sunday at 1 p.m. it’s Michigan-Wisconsin.
Seton Hall plays St. John’s Thursday at 9 p.m. on FoxSports1. There’s three contests Sunday, starting with Oregon-Oregon State at 3 p.m. Villanova travels to Creighton at 5 p.m. before St. John’s battles Georgetown.
James Madison hosts UNC-Wilmington Saturday at noon on Comcast, then Massachusetts meets George Washington before another CAA battle between Towson and William & Mary. The day concludes with two ACC contests, as Virginia Tech takes on Miami at 6 p.m. and Florida State tackles Wake Forest.
Hofstra and Drexel battle Sunday at 8 p.m.
MASN starts Saturday with a Big 12 doubleheader, starting with Texas Tech against Iowa State at 1:30 p.m. TCU takes on Kansas at 4 p.m., then it’s off to the Atlantic 10 for St. Bonaventure-George Mason. The night closes at 8 p.m. when Boston University meets Loyola. MASN2 brings VMI at Liberty Saturday at 7 p.m.
NBC Sports network has Drexel at College of Charleston Thursday at 7 p.m.
There’s an ACC women’s doubleheader on Comcast Thursday, with N.C. State facing Clemson at 6:30 p.m. followed by Virginia Tech-Wake Forest.  Sunday’s schedule starts at 1 p.m. with Syracuse at Boston College, then it’s off to the CAA for Hofstra-College of Charleston at 3:30 p.m. before James Madison heads to Drexel.
ESPN has Tennessee-Kentucky at 1 p.m. while ESPN2 offers a pair of games at 1 p.m. – Wisconsin against Penn State or Oklahoma-Oklahoma State – while at 3:30 p.m. South Carolina faces LSU and North Carolina battles North Carolina State.
West Virginia meets Oklahoma Thursday at 7 p.m. on FoxSports1. Baylor and Texas tangle Sunday at 1 p.m.
MASN has Charlotte against Louisiana Tech Thursday at 9 p.m. Saturday at noon, Middle Tennessee meets Florida Atlantic on MASN2.
The PGA tour stays in California for the Northern Trust Open Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. on CBS.
On the college ice, Boston University plays New Hampshire Friday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports network. Wisconsin skates with Ohio State Saturday at 8 p.m.
Everton takes on Swansea City Sunday at 8:30 a.m. on FoxSport1.
NBC Sports network has a college lacrosse twinbill Sunday, with Jacksonville facing Notre Dame at 7 p.m. before Massachusetts meets Ohio State.
The Millrose Games are on NBC Sports network Saturday at 3 p.m.


Let the Games begin

For the youth of the world interested in cold weather sports, Sochi is the place to be.
sochiThe Winter Olympics begin their two-week run on NBC with the Opening Ceremonies Friday at 7:30 p.m. There’s coverage Saturday at 2:30 and 8 p.m., and more action Sunday at 2 and 7 p.m.
NBC Sports network brings live action starting Saturday at 3 a.m. with ice hockey. There’s speed skating and cross-country skiing around dawn eastern time, with figure skating starting at 9:30 a.m.
Ice hockey starts at 3 a.m. Sunday, followed by speed skating, luge at 8:30 a.m. and ski jumping at 1 p.m.
Before the best NHL players head to Sochi, the Capitals host Winnipeg Thursday at 7 p.m. and the Devils Saturday at 8 p.m. on Comcast.
On the college ice, Maine travels to Notre Dame Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The Spurs head to Brooklyn Thursday at 8 p.m. on TNT, and the Bulls meet the Warriors in the nightcap. Portland visits Indiana Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN, then the Timberwolves take on the Pelicans at 9:30 p.m.
ABC offers Oklahoma City against the Knicks Sunday at 1 p.m., followed by the Bulls against Lakers.
Cleveland visits the Wizards Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast and Sacramento comes to town Sunday at 6 p.m.
Connecticut clashes with Cincinnati Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN, with Oregon-Arizona in the nightcap. There’s five games on ESPN Friday, starting at noon with Alabama-Florida. Michigan meets Iowa at 2 p.m., followed by West Virginia against Kansas and Duke-Boston College. The GameDay crew catches Gonzaga against Memphis at 9 p.m.
ESPN2 shows LSU-Georgia Thursday at 7 p.m. and Penn State against Michigan State at 9 p.m. Cleveland State against Wright State starts the day on ESPN2 at 1 p.m. Florida State heads to Maryland at 3 p.m., then it’s Saint Louis facing LaSalle and Baylor-Oklahoma. The night concludes with Wichita State battling Northern Iowa at 9 p.m.
Connecticut ventures to Central Florida Sunday at 6 p.m.
ACC network offers Virginia-Georgia Tech and Notre Dame’s visit to North Carolina Saturday at noon.
Butler meets Georgetown Saturday at 1 p.m. on CBS, and Sunday at 1 p.m. it’s Michigan State-Wisconsin.
FoxSports1 offers UTEP against East Carolina at 9 p.m. and Oregon State-Arizona State Thursday at 11 p.m. There’s a Big East doubleheader Friday, with Seton Hall-Villanova at 7 p.m. and DePaul against Creighton in the nightcap. Providence plays Xavier Saturday at 3 p.m. before Oregon takes on Arizona State.
Creighton and St. John’s clash Sunday at 7 p.m.
There’s a trio of games on Comcast Saturday, starting at noon with Virginia Tech-Pittsburgh. The College of Charleston clashes with Towson at 2 p.m., then Fordham takes on George Washington.
Boston College meets Florida State Sunday at 1 p.m. on Comcast, followed by Towson traveling to James Madison.
Mount St. Marys takes on Sacred Heart on MASN Thursday at 9 p.m. The Big 12 plays on MASN Saturday, with Texas against Kansas State at 1:30 p.m. before TCU takes on Iowa State at 4 p.m.
MASN2 has a pair of women’s games Saturday, with Texas Tech taking on TCU at 1 p.m. before Old Dominion battles North Texas. It’s Providence facing St. John’s on FoxSports1 Saturday at 12:30 p.m., then Sunday at 1 p.m. Creighton takes on DePaul before Iowa State heads to Texas.
Connecticut meets Louisville Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN, while ESPN2 has Penn State facing Ohio State at 2 p.m. before Oklahoma takes on Baylor.
The PGA tour visits Pebble Beach, with coverage on CBS Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
Swansea City hosts Cardiff City on NBC Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
NBC Sports network has the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix Saturday at 4:30 p.m.