Friday, February 26, 2010

Weekend watchdog

Sunday night, the Olympic flame will go out in Vancouver. Two weeks of speed and gold medals will close out.
Before the world packs up to return home, there's plenty of big events. Men's ice hockey semifinals are Friday, with the United States playing Finland at 3 p.m. and Canada and Slovakia meeting at 9:30 p.m. The losers go to the bronze medal game Saturday, then the gold medal contest is Sunday before the Closing Ceremonies.
The skating medals have been won, but Saturday there's the Champions Gala to give you one more chance to see the best skaters.
Then if you'd like to see more ice dancing or short-track speed skating, you'll have to wait for the torch to be lit in Sochi, Russia in four years.
For your speed on the track, NASCAR is at Las Vegas Sunday at 3 p.m. on FOX. For those who'd like to keep track of Danica Patrick, the Nationwide race will be Saturday on ESPN at 4 p.m.
CBS begins gearing up for March Madness with three games Saturday and two more Sunday. Georgetown hosting Notre Dame and Kentucky-Tennessee are the choices at noon, followed by North Carolina taking on Wake Forest at 2 p.m. and Kansas-Oklahoma State at 4 p.m.
Sunday, Louisville heads to Connecticut at 2 p.m., then it's a choice of Big Ten contests - either Michigan State-Purdue, Michigan vs. Ohio State or Minnesota at Illinois.
Raycom offers two games Saturday at 4 p.m. - Maryland at Virginia Tech or N.C. State-Miami.
ESPN starts Saturday with Michigan-Ohio State at noon and Texas-Texas A&M at 2 p.m.
Mississippi State takes on South Carolina at 6 p.m. before the Big East battle between Villanova and Syracuse with the GameDay crew on site.
ESPN2 offers Mississippi-Alabama at 2 p.m. and Richmond facing Xavier Sunday at 1 p.m.
MASN's Saturday basketball lineup starts with a pair of Big East games - Pittsburgh at St. John's at noon, followed by Cincinnati visiting West Virginia. Then it's Winthrop facing Radford at 4 p.m., UNC-Charlotte at George Washington at 6 p.m. and closing out with CAA action - William & Mary at UNC-Wilmington.
Sunday features Marquette at Seton Hall at noon.
Comcast begins its college basketball Saturday with the ACC battle between Boston College and Georgia Tech at noon, then it's off to the CAA for VCU-Old Dominion at 4 p.m. UMass faces Dayton at 7 p.m.
Sunday features an ACC doubleheader on Comcast-plus - Clemson vs. Florida State at 5:30 p.m., followed by Duke-Virginia. The second half of that game will be seen on Comcast after the Wizards finish playing.
ESPN has a pair of NBA doubleheaders this weekend. Dallas visits Atlanta at 7 p.m. Friday, followed by Orlando-New Orleans. The Magic reappear on your screen Sunday at 7 - hosting Miami - then the Hornets face the Mavericks.
ABC's Sunday afternoon doubleheader starts with Phoenix-Antonio, then it's Denver at the Lakers.
The Wizards host the Knicks Friday and visit New Jersey Sunday at 6 p.m. on Comcast.
For your women's basketball action, Comcast shows UNC-Wilmington at Drexel at 1 p.m. Sunday. Then the big ACC contest between Duke and North Carolina follows at 3 p.m. ESPN2 offers Florida State-Maryland at 3 p.m. Sunday, then Kansas-Baylor.
The PGA tour is in Phoenix, shuffled off to Golf Network.

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