Weekend Watchdog: Get revved up
It’s Speed Week at Daytona. You’ve got a week to wait until the flag drops on the Daytona 500, but hopefully the Daytona Shootout will whet your appetite. The race is on FOX Saturday at 8 p.m.
Boogity, boogity, boogity, let’s go racing boys.
The racing weekend continues Sunday with qualifying at 1 p.m. that sets the first two spots for next Sunday’s Daytona 500 and the fields for Thursday’s Twin 125s.
Less than two weeks after they met in L.A., the Celtics and Lakers get together again Thursday at 8 p.m. on TNT. In the nightcap, Dallas visits Denver. ESPN’s Friday doubleheader features the Lakers at New York at 8 p.m. followed by the Suns at the Jazz.
ABC’s Sunday doubleheader starts with the Celtics hosting the Heat at 1 p.m., then the Lakers visit Orlando. ESPN offers the Thunder at Warriors Sunday at 8 p.m.
The Spurs visit Washington Saturday at 8 p.m. on Comcast. Then somebody’s gotta win when the Wizards take on Cleveland Sunday at 6 p.m.
The ACC Network offers split regional coverage for games Saturday and Sunday afternoon. The Hokies host Georgia Tech Sunday at 1 p.m. on NBC29, while other fans can tune to CW29 for N.C. State against Wake Forest. Saturday, the choices are North Carolina-Clemson on NBC29 and Maryland-Boston College on CW29.
ESPN has a doubleheader Thursday, with Connecticut against St. John’s at 7 p.m. followed by Illinois-Minnesota. ESPN2 has three games, starting at 7 p.m. with the ACC battle between Florida State and Georgia Tech.
Alabama meets Vanderbilt at 9 p.m., then it’s Gonzaga taking on Loyola Marymount.
There’s five games on ESPN and six on ESPN2 Saturday. ESPN starts in the Big East with Syracuse-Louisville at noon, then offers Ohio State-Wisconsin, Texas taking on Baylor at 4 p.m. and Tennesee-Florida at 6 p.m.
The GameDay crew will be in Philadelphia for Pittsburgh’s contest with Villanova.
On ESPN2, the day begins with a pair of games in Virginia – St. Louis at Richmond at noon followed by Old Dominion-VCU. North Texas faces Western Kentucky at 4 p.m., then it’s Southern Miss-Memphis, Detroit meeting Butler and Northern Iowa hosting Wichita State.
ESPN returns to the Big East Sunday, with Marquette against Georgetown at 1 p.m.
CBS goes to the SEC Saturday, as Kentucky takes on Vanderbilt at 1 p.m. Sunday, it’s a Big Ten matchup between Purdue and Illinois.
MASN heads to the Big South Thursday, with Charleston Southern at Winthrop Thursday at 7 p.m. Saturday, there’s four games starting with Notre Dame taking on South Florida at noon. UNC-Charlotte visits Rhode Island at 2 p.m., then it’s back to the Big East as DePaul goes to West Virginia.
ESPN2 has a high school contest Friday at 7:30 p.m., with Oak Hill Academy crossing the border into North Carolina and facing Christ School.
Comcast has an ACC women’s doubleheader Friday – Georgia Tech at Florida State at 6:30 p.m., followed by Duke-Wake Forest. Sunday at 1 p.m., it’s Florida State vs. North Carolina. On ESPN2 Sunday, it’s Michigan State-Michigan at 2:30 p.m. then West Virginia meets Louisville.
CBS heads to Pebble Beach for PGA golf Saturday and Sunday starting at 3 p.m.
Before embarking on a two-week road trip, the Capitals host Los Angeles Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on Comcast. Comcast also has Carolina at Philadelphia Thursday at 7 p.m., while NBC’s Sunday afternoon game matches Boston and Detroit.