Weekend Watchdog: Race day in America
The Indianapolis 500 gets your day at the track started at 11 a.m. on ABC. After 500 miles, a drink of milk and a kiss of the bricks (thanks for the idea, NASCAR guys), then it’s off to the longest race of the NASCAR schedule. The flag drops on the Coca-Cola 600 in the early evening, with coverage starting at 5:30 p.m. on FOX.
The Nationwide racers hit the track Saturday at 2:30 p.m. on ABC.
The NBA Conference finals start Sunday, with Oklahoma City heading to San Antonio at 8:30 p.m. on TNT. Game 6 of the Heat’s series with Indiana is Thursday at 8 p.m. on ESPN, with the Game 7 if necessary Saturday. The Celtics and 76ers will decide their series Saturday on ABC, time to be determined.
The Stanley Cup Final will start May 30, and the winner of Rangers-Devils will be hosting the first two contests. They have Game 6 Friday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network, and Game 7 will be Sunday if necessary. The L.A. Kings, winners against the three Western division champs, await the victor.
The Nationals visit Atlanta on MASN Friday and Saturday, then play the Sunday night game on ESPN. The Royals come to Baltimore to meet the Orioles on MASN2 (Sunday afternoon on MASN).
Fox offers five choices for their game Saturday night – Tampa Bay at Boston and Angels-Mariners in the American League along with Cubs-Pirates, Rockies against Reds and Phillies at Cardinals.
Sunday on TBS, the Red Sox meet the Rays at 1:35 p.m.
The PGA tour stays in Texas, for the Crowne Plaza Invitational Saturday and Sunday on CBS. Coverage both days start at 3 p.m.
The top NCAA lacrosse teams meet in their Final Four Saturday on ESPN2. Notre Dame plays top-seed Loyola at 2:30 p.m., then it’s an ACC battle between Maryland and Duke at 5 p.m. The champion will be crowned Monday.
The French Open begins play Sunday at 5 a.m. on ESPN2.
Comcast offers three games Thursday from the ACC baseball tournament, starting at 11 a.m. with Virginia facing Clemson. There’s three more games beginning Friday at 11 a.m., and Saturday’s play starts at 3 p.m. The Sun Belt conference championship will be decided Sunday at 2 p.m.
ESPN2 brings the ACC baseball championship Sunday at noon, then the SEC title tilt goes at 3:30 p.m.
ESPN and ESPN2 show NCAA softball super regionals throughout the weekend. ESPN2 starts the action Thursday at 8 p.m. with Michigan-Alabama, followed by Louisiana-Lafayette meeting Arizona State. ESPN has a regional third game, if needed, Friday at 7 p.m., then Oregon faces Texas.
Oklahoma faces Arizona Saturday at noon on ESPN, with a deciding game following. The second game between Texas and Oregon is Saturday at 5 p.m., with an extra game following if necessary. Sunday, Tennessee plays Georgia at 1 p.m.
California and Washington play Saturday at 10 p.m. on ESPN2, with game 2 Sunday at 7 p.m.
There’s two MLS games on NBC Sports network this weekend – Galaxy against the Dynamo in a rematch of last year’s championship Saturday at 2:30 p.m. before San Jose visits Kansas City Sunday at 4:30 p.m.
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