Friday, January 29, 2010

Weekend watchdog

Down under, it's summer. So tennis goes there for the first Grand Slam.
The Australian Open crowns its women's champion very late Friday night 3:30 a.m. , to be specific (Saturday evening in Australia) and holds the mens final late Saturday night.
Serena Williams goes for another Grand Slam title against Justine Henin. Top-seeded Roger Federe will face Andy Murray for the men's title.
While waiting for the Colts and Saints to head to Miami for Super Bowl XLIV, the NFL has a change for you. The Pro Bowl will be played ahead of the big game this year, also in Miami. ESPN has the coverage, starting at 7:20 p.m. Sunday.
The college football all-star season closes with the Senior Bowl Saturday on NFL Network at 4 p.m. Florida's Tim Tebow will show the pro football world what he can do, a week before he's featured on a pro-life ad.
The NBA begins its Sunday run on ABC this weekend. Denver visits San Antonio in the opener at 1 p.m., then it's the Lakers at Celtics.
The Wizards visit New Jersey Friday on Comcast-plus, then host the Knicks Saturday.
For your college basketball, Comcast on Saturday has CAA games at noon (James Madison-George Mason) and 4 p.m. (Old Dominion-Northeastern), surrounding St. Louis at Richmond from the A-10. Sunday night there's an ACC doubleheader, with Maryland at Clemson at 5:30 p.m. followed by Virginia-North Carolina.
CBS will show Duke at Georgetown Saturday at 1 p.m., and Sunday offer either Florida at Tennesee or Minnesota-Ohio State.
The ACC package shows Florida State against Boston College Saturday at 3 p.m., then Virginia Tech visits Miami Sunday at 1 p.m. on NBC29.
ESPN starts its basketball Saturday with Louisville-West Virginia at noon. Then it's Indiana's visit to Illinois, Vanderbilt traveling to No. 1 (and undefeated no longer) Kentucky and Kansas at Kansas State at 7 p.m. ESPN2 goes with LaSalle-Temple at noon, then Oklahoma State at Missouri. Notre Dame takes on Rutgers at 6 p.m.
MASN has five games on Saturday. Two from the Big East start it off at noon - Marquette at UConn and Syracuse-DePaul. Then it's Siena vs. Marist, Towson at UNC-Wilmington from the CAA and High Point takes on Gardner-Webb at 8 p.m. Sunday, it's Pittsburgh visiting South Florida at 1 p.m.
ESPN2 has a women's doubleheader Sunday, Purdue at Iowa followed by Baylor-Texas.
To whet your Winter Olympics' appetite, ESPN will show the Winter X games throughout the weekend.
The Capitals host a pair of Southeast Division rivals this weekend, with the Panthers in town Friday and Lightning Sunday afternoon. NBC shows the Red Wings at Penguins Sunday afternoon.
The PGA tour returns to CBS Saturday and Sunday, with the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines. Tiger Woods won't be there, but plenty of good golfers will.

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