Thursday, March 25, 2010

Weekend watchdog

Four more days and we'll be down to the Final Four.
CBS tips off the Sweet Sixteen Thursday at 7 p.m. with the Big East survivors in the early slot - Butler against Syracuse and Washington vs. West Virginia. Nightcap games around 9:45 p.m. include Kentucky-Cornell and Kansas State facing Xavier.
Friday, the Tennesee-Ohio State game begins coverage at 7 p.m., along with Baylor against St. Mary's. Later, it's Northern Iowa meeting Michigan State before Purdue tackles Duke. Of the eight games in the Sweet Sixteen, it's the only one matching either a No. 1 seed vs. No. 4 or 2 vs. 3.
Regional finals start Saturday at 4:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Then it's on to Indy.
The women's Sweet Sixteen kicks off Saturday on ESPN at noon with a doubleheader from Memphis. Tennessee faces Baylor early, then it's Duke against upstart San Diego State.
The Sacramento region tips off at 9 p.m. with Stanford vs. Georgia on ESPN. The nightcap game between Xavier and Gonzaga will be on ESPN2 at 11:30 p.m.
Sunday, the action shifts to Dayton at noon with Connecticut against Iowa State on ESPN. Then it's off to ESPN2 for Florida St.-Mississippi State, and they show both games from Kansas City starting Sunday at 7:30 p.m. - Oklahoma-Notre Dame and Nebraska-Kentucky.
Want to see the best of Division II? CBS shows the men's championship Saturday at 1 p.m., after ESPN2 offers the women's championship between Fort Union and Emporia State Friday at 8 p.m.
TNT has its NBA doubleheader Thursday, with Miami at Chicago at 8 p.m. followed by the Mavericks at TrailBlazers. Sunday, ESPN offers San Antonio's visit to Boston.
The Wizards visit Charlotte Friday, then host Utah Saturday on Comcast.
The Major League Soccer season starts Thursday on ESPN2, with the new Philadelphia Union visiting Seattle. Saturday, ESPN shows Chicago at the New York Red Bulls.
NASCAR stays on the short tracks, heading to Martinsville Sunday at 1 p.m. on FOX.
The PGA tour is at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando, with coverage on NBC.
The Capitals visit Carolina Thursday, then host Calgary Sunday afternoon on Comcast.
ESPN gets into exhibition baseball, showing the Tigers against the Braves Friday afternoon.
Virginia's lacrosse contest with Johns Hopkins will be shown on ESPN2 Saturday at noon. MASN also offers college lacrosse Saturday, with Hobart facing Fairfield.
For those who can't wait until September, ESPN2 shows the LSU spring football game Saturday at 4 p.m.
ESPN2 also has college softball from the SEC Saturday at 2 p.m. - Florida vs. Alabama. They are the worldwide leader in sports, you know.

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