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TV Sports: 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.


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Podcast: Augusta Free Press editor Chris Graham talks sports on WREL-1450

Augusta Free Press editor Chris Graham talks sports with host Jim Bresnahan on WREL-1450 in Lexington. The segment looks at the first round of the 2015 NBA Playoffs, the UVA football spring game, ACC baseball, the MLB and more.


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Ice hockey wars heat up

If you’re an ice hockey fan, you’re about to embark on the best two months of the year. Teams began their quests for the Stanley Cup on Wednesday, with four more series dropping the first puck on Thursday.


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Weekend Watchdog: Race day

In past years, race fans have been able to catch 1100 miles of action the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend. Add a few more hours of action in 2013.


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Weekend Watchdog: Triple Crown, or not?

Orb continues his quest for the Triple Crown Saturday in the Preakness Stakes on NBC. Coverage starts at 4:30 p.m. After a full house at the Kentucky Derby, there’s only nine horses scheduled to go Saturday. Orb drew the first post position Wednesday.


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Weekend Watchdog: Trophy Chase Continues

The busiest time of the NBA and NHL postseasons are here, with multiple games on TV almost every night. The NBA continues its conference semifinals this weekend, while the NHL – starting the playoffs later due to the lockout – closes the first round. ESPN has the doubleheader Friday, with the Bulls hosting Miami at 8 p.m. before the Spurs take on the Warriors. It’s the Thunder at Memphis Saturday at 5 p.m. on ESPN, with ABC bringing the primetime action between the Knicks and Pacers at 8 p.m. ABC shows Game 4 of the Warriors and Spurs Sunday at 3:30 p.m.


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Weekend Watchdog: Run for the Roses

We’ve waited since 1978 for a Triple Crown winner. Will this be the year? Twenty horses are in the lineup for the Kentucky Derby. Have you heard of any of them before this week?


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Weekend Watchdog: With the first pick in this year’s NFL Draft

There’s not as much excitement about this year’s NFL draft. Guess 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.


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Weekend Watchdog: NBA starts second season

Is it time for a Heat repeat? LeBron James and his crew start their quest for a second straight NBA title Sunday against the Bucks. TNT has the coverage at 7 p.m.


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Weekend Watchdog: World Series preview?

It’s the last weekend of interleague play. Could we have a preview of the 2012 Fall Classic? Could that series be in Baltimore? The Nationals hold first place in the National League East, and the Orioles remain in the race for one of the two wild-card berths in the American League. They gather at Camden Yards for the weekend


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Weekend Watchdog: Father’s Day viewing

The U.S. Open gets going Thursday with a super pairing – Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Masters’ champion Bubba Watson. ESPN has coverage at noon and 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, while NBC has weekday coverage from 3-5. Weekend action on NBC begins at 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, going through primetime


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Weekend Watchdog: Will horse have another victory?

Over the past 33 years, several horses have won the first two legs of the Triple Crown. They all faltered at the Belmont Stakes


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Weekend Watchdog: Race day in America

Get yourself strapped in for 1100 miles of racing Sunday


Sports Roundup: Watchdog, plus minor league baseball

P-Nats win at Frederick : A three-run third inning propelled the P-Nats to an early lead and a 6-3 win over the Frederick Keys on Wednesday. Sox swept in twin-bill : Wilmington hit three homers and scored nine of its 12 runs in the sixth inning, rolling past the Salem Sox 7-1. Weekend Watchdog: Triple […]


Weekend Watchdog: Triple Crown or not?

He’s the last Triple Crown winner, a fact mentioned in stories numerous times over the past 30 years.Only Animal Kingdom has the power to relegate Affirmed to the history books this year. First, he has to win the Preakness Stakes from Pimlico Saturday on NBC. Coverage starts at 4:30 p.m., and by 6:30 p.m. we should […]


Sports Roundup: Lots of baseball

Tides drop Syracuse : Troy Patton gave the Tides 4.0 innings of emergency relief Thursday and led the Norfolk Tides past the Syracuse Chi Lynchburg drops 5-4 decision to Frederick : Barrett Kleinknecht and Geraldo Rodriguez hit their first home runs for the Hillcats, but it wasn’t enough to prope Salem snaps three-game slide : […]


Weekend Watchdog: No Lakers, No Celtics?

The Lakers didn’t make the NBA Western Conference Finals – is that allowed? The two-time champions exited the playoffs Sunday after being swept by Dallas. The Celtics’ season ended Wednesday. The Heat scored the last 16 points of the game to advance to the Eastern Conference finals. The teams with the most NBA championships are […]


Weekend Watchdog: No Lakers, No Celtics?

The Lakers didn’t make the NBA Western Conference Finals – is that allowed? The two-time champions exited the playoffs Sunday after being swept by Dallas. The Celtics’ season ended Wednesday. The Heat scored the last 16 points of the game to advance to the Eastern Conference finals. The teams with the most NBA championships are […]


Weekend Watchdog: Horsepower

You like your horsepower with four legs or four wheels? Saturday is for you. In the afternoon, you have the running of the Kentucky Derby on NBC, starting at 4 p.m. Lots of horses start but only one leaves Kentucky with a chance to win this year’s Triple Crown. In the night, FOX shows the […]


Weekend Watchdog: Horsepower

You like your horsepower with four legs or four wheels? Saturday is for you. In the afternoon, you have the running of the Kentucky Derby on NBC, starting at 4 p.m. Lots of horses start but only one leaves Kentucky with a chance to win this year’s Triple Crown. In the night, FOX shows the […]


Weekend Watchdog: Sports for the Easter basket

Easter Sunday means NASCAR Sprint Cup takes a rare week off. But other sports continue their marches. The second weekend of the NBA playoffs starts Thursday with Game 3 from Philadelphia (against the Heat at 8 p.m.) and Portland (against Dallas at 10:30 p.m.) Friday, ESPN offers a pair of games starting at 7 p.m. […]


Weekend Watchdog: Sports for the Easter basket

Easter Sunday means NASCAR Sprint Cup takes a rare week off. But other sports continue their marches. The second weekend of the NBA playoffs starts Thursday with Game 3 from Philadelphia (against the Heat at 8 p.m.) and Portland (against Dallas at 10:30 p.m.) Friday, ESPN offers a pair of games starting at 7 p.m. […]


Weekend Watchdog: Let the long postseason begin

When the NFL playoffs begin, Tuesday Morning Quarterback mournfully notes that there’s only 11 more games left. You can’t count the number of games in the NBA and NHL postseasons. The two-month long marches to championship began in the NHL Wednesday and start Saturday in the NBA. The Capitals, top seeds in the Eastern Conference, […]


Weekend Watchdog: Let the long postseason begin

When the NFL playoffs begin, Tuesday Morning Quarterback mournfully notes that there’s only 11 more games left. You can’t count the number of games in the NBA and NHL postseasons. The two-month long marches to championship began in the NHL Wednesday and start Saturday in the NBA. The Capitals, top seeds in the Eastern Conference, […]


Mike Judge: Time for a summer hiatus

Column by Mike Judge WeekendWatchdog.blogspot.com   I’m going to take a break from the Watchdog for the next few weeks while I enjoy summer vacation with my sons. I hope to resume weekly updates as football season rolls around at the end of August. You know your summer sports. Here’s your links.