Richmond in prime time

Richmond gets to host a pair of NASCAR races under the lights – one before the 16 driver playoff begins and this weekend.
Fox has coverage Saturday at 7 p.m., and racers hope the flag drops shortly thereafter – not after a long rain delay like last week at Bristol.
Kevin Harvick leads the Sprint Cup field with two wins in the first eight races. When the drivers return to Richmond in September, the final 16 driver Sprint for the Cup lineup will be finalized.
The Xfinity Series racers hit the track Friday at 7:30 p.m. on FoxSports1.
NBC Sports network offers the IndyCar Grand Prix of Alabama Sunday at 3 p.m.
The NBA postseason heads into its second weekend, starting with Game 3 of the Celtics and Cavaliers Thursday at 7 p.m. on TNT. The Pelicans host Golden State at 9:30 p.m.
ESPN offers the Mavericks and Rockets Friday at 7 p.m., followed by Spurs-Clippers. The Wizards host Toronto at 8 p.m. on ESPN2 and Comcast.
There’s a pair of games on TNT Saturday afternoon – Hawks against Nets at 3 p.m. before the Bulls battle the Bucks. New Orleans hosts the Warriors at 8 p.m. on ESPN, then it’s Grizzlies-TrailBlazers.
ABC has the Sunday afternoon action – Game 4 of Cavaliers-Celtics at 1 p.m. and Clippers against Spurs at 3:30 p.m. the Wizards host Toronto on TNT and Comcast at 7 p.m., then it’s Rockets facing the Mavericks.
The Capitals return home for Game 5 of their series with the Islanders Thursday at 7 p.m. on Comcast and CNBC. NBC Sports network has the Red Wings and Lightning at 7 p.m., then it’s Blackhawks-Predators. Vancouver faces Calgary at 10 p.m. on CNBC.
Friday’s action starts at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports network with the Penguins meeting the Rangers. Ottawa tries to stay alive in Game 5 at Montreal on CNBC, and the Wild and Blues meet on NBC Sports network at 9:30 p.m.
The rest of the weekend slate remains to be determined.
The Orioles close out their series in Toronto Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN2, then host the Red Sox for the weekend (Friday and Sunday on MASN, Saturday on MASN2).
The Nationals meet the Cardinals Thursday at 4 p.m. on MASN before heading to Miami for the weekend (Friday and Sunday on MASN2 and Saturday at 4 p.m. on MASN).
FoxSports1 offers the Indians’ trip to Detroit Saturday at 1 p.m., followed by Mets-Yankees at 4 p.m. That series concludes on ESPN Sunday at 8 p.m.
On the college diamond, Georgia Tech faces Clemson at 1 p.m. Saturday on Comcast. LSU and Texas A&M tangle on ESPN Saturday at 2 p.m. and Alabama meets Mississippi Sunday at 1 p.m. FoxSports1 has Kansas State-Baylor Sunday at 3 p.m.
The PGA tour visits New Orleans Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. on CBS.
Manchester City meets Aston Villa on NBC Saturday at 12:30 p.m. Southampton faces Tottenham Hotspur on NBC Sports network Saturday at 7:45 a.m., followed by Burnley battling Leicester City. Arsenal and Chelsea bring the battle of London Sunday at 8:30 a.m.
The Red Bulls meet the Galaxy on ESPN2 Sunday at 5 p.m. FoxSports1 has a pair of games Sunday, with Toronto at Orlando City at 7 p.m. followed by Portland visiting Seattle at 9:30 p.m.
Comcast carries the ACC women’s lacrosse tournament, starting Thursday at 11 a.m. when Virginia Tech faces North Carolina. Notre Dame battles Virginia at 1 p.m., then it’s Duke-Louisville at 4 p.m. and Boston College against Syracuse at 6 p.m. The semifinals are Friday at 1 and 3 p.m., with the final Sunday at 1 p.m.
In college softball, Tennessee faces Alabama on ESPN Thursday at 8 p.m. Texas takes on Texas Tech Saturday at 3 p.m. on MASN2.


With the first pick…

There’s not as much excitement about this year’s NFL draft.
nfl draftGuess we’re out of Luck.
After we had Andrew Luck and RGIII go from top of the draft to the postseason in 2012, there’s a mass of similarly skilled players vying for big paydays when the 2013 NFL Draft starts Thursday at 8 p.m. on NFL network and ESPN.
Can’t get enough of Mel Kiper Jr.? This is your weekend.
The second round begins Friday at 6:30 p.m., and the final four rounds kick off Saturday at noon.
Then it’s four months for these draftees to gain roster spots for the 2013 season.
The NBA playoffs continue through the weekend. The Heat travel to Milwaukee on TNT Thursday at 7 p.m., followed Bulls-Nets at 8:30 p.m. on NBA TV. TNT closes the night with the Clippers at Grizzlies at 9:30 p.m. The action moves to ESPN Friday at 8 p.m. as the Celtics host the Knicks. The Spurs meet the Lakers on ESPN at 10:30 p.m., while ESPN2 shows Nuggets-Warriors.
TNT starts a Saturday afternoon doubleheader with Bulls-Nets at 2 p.m., followed by the Clippers facing the Grizzlies. ESPN has Hawks against Pacers at 7 p.m., then it’s Thunder-Rockets in the nightcap.
Sunday starts on ABC at 1 p.m. with the Knicks in Boston, then the Bucks host the Heat. TNT brings Spurs-Lakers at 7 p.m., then the Nuggets battle the Warriors.
It’s the final weekend of the NHL season. The Capitals host Ottawa Thursday at 7 p.m. on Comcast and Boston Saturday at 7 p.m.
On NBC Sports network, the Devils meet the Penguins Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and the Blackhawks take on Calgary Friday at 8:30 p.m. There’s a pair of games Saturday, with Detroit-Dallas at 7 p.m. before the Sharks battle the Kings.
NBC has the Devils against the Rangers Saturday at 3 p.m.
The Nationals host Cincinnati for a four-game series starting Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN. Games Friday and Sunday afternoon are also on MASN, while Saturday’s 1 p.m. contest will be on Fox. Other parts of the country will see Braves at Tigers or Phillies against the Mets.
The Orioles head west for a four-game set with Oakland, with games on MASN2 Thursday, Friday and Sunday afternoon. Saturday’s game at 4 p.m. will be on MASN.
TBS has the Yankees hosting the Blue Jays at 1:05 p.m. Sunday, while ESPN features the Braves and Tigers on Sunday night.
There’s SEC baseball on Comcast Saturday at 1 p.m., with Mississippi State facing Vanderbilt. ESPN offers South Carolina against LSU Sunday at 3 p.m.
The Sprint Cup tour comes to Richmond Saturday at 8 p.m. on Fox. The Nationwide racers go Friday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPNews.
CBS brings plenty of golf this weekend. The Legends of Golf get coverage Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m., followed by the Zurich Classic of New Orleans at 3 p.m. both days.
Chicago heads to Montreal for an MLS match on NBC Sports network Saturday at 4 p.m.
Comcast shows the first round of the ACC women’s lacrosse tournament Thursday at 1 and 3 p.m. The semifinals are Friday at 1 and 3 p.m., with the final Sunday at 5 p.m.
Georgia travels to Florida in SEC softball Sunday at noon on Comcast. Thursday at 8 p.m., it’s Alabama against LSU on ESPN2.