Laboring to beat the champs

The opening weekend of the college football season includes many big contests – building to Monday night’s battle in Blacksburg.
Virginia Tech hosts defending champion Ohio State Monday at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
The Buckeyes’ run to the championship nearly ended in September, when the Hokies pulled the upset in Columbus. When Virginia Tech struggled through the ACC as the season wore on, the loss nearly kept Ohio State out of the four-team playoff.
A spot in this year’s national semifinals on New Year’s Eve might await Monday’s winner.
The season begins Thursday at 6 p.m. on ESPN, with North Carolina taking on South Carolina before Minnesota hosts TCU at 9 p.m. The Jim Harbaugh era begins at Michigan, traveling to Utah on FoxSports1 at 8:30 p.m.
ESPN has a pair of games Friday, with Baylor-SMU at 7 p.m. followed by Washington against Boise State.
Virginia starts its season at UCLA Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on Fox.
Notre Dame takes on Texas on NBC at 7:30 p.m. and CBS carries Auburn’s contest with Louisville at 3:30 p.m
ABC brings Nebraska-BYU at 3:30 p.m., then Cowboys Stadium hosts Wisconsin and Alabama at 8 p.m.
ESPN starts its day at noon with Stanford-Northwestern, then Penn State tackles Temple at 3:30 p.m. Texas A&M plays Arizona State in Houston at 7 p.m.
Clemson battles Wofford in the ACC game of the week Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
MASN2 has action from the Southland Conference between Southeastern Louisiana and Northwestern State Thursday at 7 p.m.
There’s three games Saturday, starting at noon with South Dakota State-Kansas. Texas Tech takes on Sam Houston State at 3:30 p.m., with Georgia Southern against West Virginia at 7:30 p.m.
FoxSports1 has Mississippi State facing Southern Mississippi Saturday at 10 p.m. and Purdue-Marshall Sunday at 3 p.m.
South Carolina State plays Arkansas Pine Bluff on ESPN Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
The NFL preseason concludes Thursday, and Comcast shows the Redskins facing the Jaguars at 7:30 p.m. while Comcast-plus has the Ravens and Falcons.
The Nationals host Atlanta in a four-game set starting Thursday  at 7 p.m. on MASN. while the Orioles visit Toronto on MASN2.
FoxSports1 offers Rays-Yankees at 1 p.m. Saturday, followed by Pirates taking on the Cardinals at 4 p.m. The series finale between the Rays and Yankees will be on TBS Sunday at 1:05 p.m. and ESPN has the Pirates and Cardinals Sunday night.
NASCAR returns Darlington to its traditional Labor Day weekend date, with the Southern 500 on NBC Sunday at 7 p.m. The Xfinity race will be Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on NBC, after qualifying at 11:30 a.m. on NBC Sports network. The Sprint Cup series has qualifying Saturday at 1:30 p.m., and there’s practice Friday at 11 a.m.
NBC Sports network offers the Italian Grand Prix Sunday at 7:30 a.m. There’s qualifying Saturday at 8 a.m. after practice Friday at 8 a.m.
Coverage of the U.S. Open continues Thursday on ESPN at 1 p.m. and ESPN2 at 7 p.m. There’s third round action Friday at 1 p.m. on ESPN and 7 p.m. on ESPN2, Saturday on ESPN2 at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday starts the Round of 16 at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. on ESPN2.
NBC carries the Deutsche Bank Championship Sunday at 3 p.m. and the final round Monday at 1:30 p.m.
The United States faces Australia in rugby on NBC Sports network Saturday at 7 p.m.


The Final countdown

Game 7.
One of the most anticipated nights in sports.
The NHL has a pair of them this weekend.
The Stanley Cup matchup will be decided in “win or go home” fashion. First in the East, the Rangers host Tampa Bay Friday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
Then the Ducks and Blackhawks battle in their Game 7 Saturday at 8 p.m. on NBC.
In the NBA, the Cavaliers and Warriors didn’t get the memo. They finished off their foes quickly, and have seven days to rest before the NBA Finals start next Thursday on ABC.
The Orioles have a doubleheader against the White Sox Thursday at 1 p.m. on MASN, then host Tampa Bay for the weekend. The Nationals visit Cincinnati on MASN2.
The Saturday slate on Fox includes Royals visiting the Cubs, Red Sox-Rangers and Dodgers taking on the Cardinals. FoxSports1 offers the Diamondbacks and Brewers at 4 p.m., and ESPN2 closes the weekend with Tigers against the Angels at 8 p.m.
ESPN2 carries baseball regional action Saturday at noon and Sunday at 1 p.m.
Florida faces Tennessee Thursday at noon in the opening game of the Softball College World Series on ESPN. It’s LSU-Auburn at 2:30 p.m. The action moves to ESPN2 at 7 p.m. with Alabama meeting Michigan, then UCLA battles Oregon at 9:30 p.m.
There’s winner’s bracket games Friday at 7 and 9:30 p.m. on ESPN2, and ESPN carries four games Saturday starting at noon. There’s two more games scheduled Sunday at 1 and 3:30 p.m. on ESPN.
Arsenal and Aston Villa battle for the FA Cup Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on Fox, and ESPN2 has the Copa del Rey between Athletic Bilbao and Barcelona at 3:25 p.m.
D.C. United hosts Philadelphia on Comcast Saturday at 7 p.m. Seattle visits the Red Bulls Sunday at 5 p.m. on ESPN2 and the Galaxy play New England at 7 p.m. on FoxSports1.
NASCAR heads to the Monster Mile this weekend. The Sprint Cup racers hit the track Sunday at 1 p.m. on FoxSports1. The Xfinity series will be on Fox Saturday at 2 p.m. and the truck series goes Friday at 5:30 p.m.
The IndyCar circuit races in Detroit Saturday and Sunday at 3:30 p.m. on ABC.
CBS offers the Byron Nelson Classic Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
Arizona battles Spokane in Arena Football Saturday at 10 p.m. on ESPN2.
Play at the French Open Thursday and Friday at 5 a.m. on ESPN2.
The College Rugby championships are on NBC Saturday at 2 p.m. and NBC Sports network Saturday at 4:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
Track and field’s Prefontaine Classic will be on NBC Sports network Saturday at 3:30 p.m.


They’re off and running

It’s the weekend for young horses to race for immortality.
And NFL teams to stock their rosters with young talent for next season.
Churchill Downs hosts the 141st Kentucky Derby, with coverage starting Saturday at 4 p.m. on NBC. After two minutes around the track, one horse will have a chance to win the Triple Crown.
NBC Sports network has coverage of the Kentucky Oaks Friday starting at 12:30 p.m.
ESPN and NFL Network announce the first round of picks Thursday at 8 p.m. The second round starts Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2 and the final day kicks off Saturday at noon on ESPN.
Enjoy your weekend of Mel Kiper Jr. insights from Chicago.
After three series sweeps, the NBA postseason will move into its second round Sunday when Golden State hosts Memphis on ABC at 3:30 p.m.
A few series remain to complete the first round, with Bucks and Bulls Thursday at 7 p.m. on TNT and the Clippers and Spurs battling at 9:30 p.m. Saturday’s schedule depends on the outcomes of these games.
The Nets and Hawks meet in Game 6 Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPN, with a Game 7 Sunday if necessary.
The Nationals visit the Mets for the weekend, starting Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN. The Orioles take their show on the road, playing in Tampa Bay against the Rays on MASN2.
FoxSports1 has the Angels and Giants Saturday at 4 p.m., followed by Reds-Braves. The Yankees and Red Sox battle on ESPN Sunday at 8 p.m.
On the college diamond, Louisville meets Clemson Saturday at 1 p.m. on Comcast.
The Capitals and Rangers start the second round of the NHL playoffs Thursday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports network. The Ducks host Calgary at 10 p.m.
Montreal hosts Tampa Bay Friday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports network, followed by Wild at Blackhawks at 9:30 p.m.
NBC has Game 2 between the Rangers and Capitals Saturday at 12:30 p.m. NBC Sports network has the Canadiens against Lightning Sunday at 6 p.m., and the Wild-Blackhawks at 8:30 p.m., and CNBC brings the Ducks and Flames at 10 p.m.
On the international stage, the United States faces Finland Friday at 10 a.m. in the world championships on NBC Sports network. The Sledge Hockey gold medal game will be Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
NASCAR hopes to avoid raindrops in this weekend’s trip to Talladega. Fox has the Spring Cup race Sunday at 1 p.m., after the Xfinity Series goes Saturday at 3 p.m.
NBC offers the WGC Match Play Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.
D.C. United hosts Columbus Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast. Sporting Kansas City takes on Chicago on ESPN2 Sunday at 5 p.m. and Seattle faces New York City at 7 p.m. on FoxSports1.
Leicester City meets Newcastle United Saturday at 7:45 a.m. on NBC Sports network. Chelsea clashes with Crystal Palace Sunday at 8:30 a.m., followed by Tottenham Hotspur against Manchester City at 11 a.m.
Comcast has a semifinal of the Ivy League women’s college lacrosse tournament Friday at 7 p.m. The final is Sunday at 11 a.m., and the CAA tournament final will be Sunday at 1 p.m.
ESPN has a pair of SEC softball games Sunday – Kentucky against Tennessee at 1 p.m. followed by Auburn meeting LSU at 3 p.m.
The college rugby Varsity Cup championship will be on NBC Sports network Saturday at 4 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.


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.


Ice in L.A.

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


Heat and ice

Will the Heat make the NBA Finals?
Which teams on ice will play for the Stanley Cup?
The quests continue this weekend.
We know one member of the NBA Finals – San Antonio swept Memphis and awaits the winner of the Eastern Conference battle between Miami and Indiana. It’s Game 5 in Miami Thursday at 8:30 p.m on TNT, then back to Indiana Saturday at 8:30 p.m. Game 7, if necessary, will be Monday in Miami.
The Spurs await for the tipoff of the Finals June 6.
On ice, the Penguins host Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals Saturday at 8 p.m. on NBC. The Blackhawks, fresh off an overtime victory in Game 7 Wednesday, host the Kings Saturday at 5 p.m. on NBC Sports network. Game 2 of the series will be Sunday at 8 p.m.
The Orioles and Nationals close their interleague series Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN. The Nationals head to Atlanta for the weekend, with games Friday and Sunday on MASN and Saturday on Fox. The Orioles host the Tigers on MASN2 (Saturday afternoon on MASN).
The Yankees face the Red Sox Saturday night on Fox and Sunday night on ESPN. TBS has another choice from Fox – Giants against Cardinals – Sunday afternoon. Other parts of the country will see the Pirates-Reds and Diamondbacks facing the Cubs.
College baseball’s road to Omaha begins Friday, and ESPN2 shows South Carolina-St. Louis at 7 p.m. There’s another contest Saturday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2
Fox closes its NASCAR coverage Sunday at Dover. Tune in at 1 p.m. to hear DW say “Boogity, Boogity, Boogity” one more time. ESPN has the Nationwide race Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
The Indy car racers head to Detroit Saturday and Sunday at 3:30 p.m. on ABC. NBC Sports network has the Tennessee National 450 motorcycle races Saturday at 1 p.m.
ESPN2 continues coverage of the French Open Thursday at 5 a.m. There’s more third round play Friday at 5 a.m.
The PGA tour heads to Ohio for the Memorial. CBS has coverage Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday starting at 2:30 p.m.
The NCAA softball World Series starts Thursday at noon with Washington-Nebraska on ESPN2. ESPN has the second contest between Florida and Tennessee at 2:30 p.m. The evening session starts at 7 p.m. with Texas against Arizona State, followed by top-seeded Oklahoma facing Michigan.
The winners play Friday at 7 and 9:30 p.m. on ESPN, followed by loser’s bracket games Saturday starting at noon. ESPN2 has two games in the afternoon, with two more on ESPN at 7 p.m. ESPN starts coverage Sunday at 1 p.m., and ESPN2 carries if necessary contests Sunday evening.
D.C. United heads to Chicago Sunday to face the Fire at 5 p.m. on Comcast. NBC Sports network offers Los Angeles at New England Sunday at 4:30 p.m. The United States has an international friendly against Germany at 2 p.m. Sunday on ESPN2
NBC brings the Collegiate Sevens Rugby championships Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m. NBC Sports network has the action Sunday at 2 p.m.
The Prefontaine Classic brings track and field action to NBC Saturday at 4:30 p.m.


Will the Kings be NHL Kings?

One team finished fourth in their five-team division.
The other was the last team to earn a postseason berth in their conference.
In the next week or so, one will be crowned NHL champions.
The L.A. Kings, eighth seed out west, take on New Jersey in Game 2 of their series Saturday at 8 p.m. on NBC. The teams head west Monday on NBC Sports network.
The Kings are seeking their first Stanley Cup title. The Devils have won three previous times.
The NBA Conference finals reach games 3 and 4 this weekend. On TNT Thursday, the Thunder host San Antonio at 9 p.m. The Eastern series shifts to Boston for Game 3 Friday on ESPN. TNT gets back in the action Saturday from Oklahoma City, and Game 4 of Celtics-Heat will be Sunday at 8:30 p.m.
NASCAR concludes its Fox portion of the schedule Sunday at 12:30 p.m. at Dover. DW, go and pull those belts tight one more time – boogity, boogity, boogity, let’s go racing boys.
The Nationwide racers hit the track Saturday at 1:30 p.m. on ESPN. If you like the open-wheel kind of racing, ABC has the Indy Car race at Detroit Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
The top teams in the American League East – the Orioles and Rays – battle for the weekend on MASN2. The Nationals host the Braves on MASN.
It’s another weekend of Saturday night baseball on Fox. The Yankees visit the Tigers at 7:15 p.m., along with Twins-Indians, Reds against Astros, Diamondbacks vs. Padres and Cubs meeting the Giants. TBS offers Yankees at Tigers Sunday at 1:05 p.m., while ESPN2’s Sunday night game features the Cardinals and Mets.
The PGA tour has the Memorial Tournament this weekend, with coverage on CBS Saturday at 3 p.m. and starting 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
ESPN2’s coverage of the French Open continues Thursday and Friday at 5 a.m.
The college softball World Series starts Thursday at 1 p.m. on ESPN2 with South Florida meeting Oklahoma. The evening session begins with Tennessee-Alabama at 7 p.m. Friday, there’s a pair of games on ESPN2 starting at 7 p.m. Play in the loser’s bracket gets going Saturday at noon on ESPN2, and ESPN has a twinbill Saturday starting at 7 p.m.  The finals of the two brackets will be Sunday starting at 1 p.m.
There’s a few weeks until the college baseball World Series, but the regionals will be on ESPN2 Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at noon.
NBC Sports network has the college rugby Sevens championship Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.