Friday, June 19, 2009

Weekend watchdog for Father's Day weekend

It's Father's Day weekend. And Dad has plenty of good sports to enjoy on his day, after opening the card and present.
Tiger Woods is playing golf. What could be better. Maybe a duel with Phil Mickelson, who finished second to Woods in 2002 when the Open was last at Bethpage Black.
The US Open fills the weekend on NBC, even more after Thursday's rain drowned the course. Woods gave us a splendid effort in 2008, forcing an 18-hole playoff with Rocco Mediate and narrowly winning after an extra playoff hole. Then he had knee surgery and did not play the rest of the year. Quite a way to go out.
Mickelson had the memorable Open 10 years ago, losing to Payne Stewart while waiting to hear when his wife would give birth. This year, he's playing to win the trophy for his wife before she begins treatment for breast cancer.
NBC has coverage Friday at 3 p.m., followed by six hours of golf Saturday and a 1:30 p.m. start to coverage Sunday. Plan Dad's day accordingly.
NASCAR visits the road course at Sonoma, so the end of the race will be up against the end of the Open. Make sure Dad has plenty of batteries in the remote.
Father's Day baseball features the Boston matchup from the far past - Braves at Red Sox on TBS - and the Los Angeles matchup of Dodgers vs. Angels on ESPN at night.
The Orioles visit the Phillies on MASN, and the Nationals host the Blue Jays on MASN2 this weekend.
Saturday, most of the nation will see the Rays visit the Mets. The Cardinals and Royals or Brewers at Tigers go to the midwest.
College World Series has reached its final four. If LSU and Texas win Friday, they advance to the final best-of-three series starting Monday. If Arkansas or Arizona State win, then there's a game Saturday for the right to advance out of their bracket.
If you're into soccer, the MLS has a game on ESPN2 the next five weekends. San Jose hosts the LA Galaxy Saturday afternoon.
The NBA season is over, so it's time to think about next year. ESPN has draft coverage Thursday night.

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