Friday, April 16, 2010

Weekend watchdog

The long winter of regular season play is over. It's playoff time in the NHL and NBA.
Versus started the NHL coverage Wednesday, and Friday Game 2 of the Penguins-Senators starts the action. The Red Wings visit Phoenix at 10 p.m., and in between Versus shows parts of the Nashville-Chicago and Colorado-San Jose games.
Game 2 for the Caps and Canadiens is Saturday at 7 p.m., (local coverage on Comcast) followed by Kings-Canucks. Sunday, the Penguins and Senators have Game 3 at 6:30 p.m., with Nashville-Chicago and San Jose-Colorado closing out the night.
NBC also gets into the NHL action, with Boston at Buffalo Saturday at 1 p.m. and Phoenix-Detroit Sunday at 3 p.m. The first round goes through April 28, or until eight teams win their series.
The NBA gets the postseason started Saturday with four games. Chicago at Eastern Conference top-seed Cleveland starts the action at 3 p.m., then it's off to ESPN for the rest of the night. Milwaukee visits Atlanta at 5:30 p.m., then it's Miami-Boston and Utah at Denver.
Sunday, the Lakers start their run against the Oklahoma City Thunder at 3 p.m. TNT has the next three contests - Charlotte-Orlando, San Antonio against Dallas and the Trail Blazers facing the Suns.
The best-of-seven opening series can continue through May 2.
The Orioles head west to face Oakland on MASN2 Friday and Sunday. The Nationals host the Brewers Friday night and in the daytime Saturday and Sunday.
The Mets' visit to St. Louis will be the ESPN Sunday game of the week, along with one of the FOX choices Saturday afternoon. Other choices are White Sox at Indians and Dodgers-Giants. TBS will show the Rays at Red Sox Sunday afternoon.
NASCAR heads to Texas for the weekend - the Nationwide race Saturday on ESPN2 at 3:30 p.m. and Sprint racers go Sunday at 3 p.m. on FOX. The IndyCar crowd is in California, with the green flag dropping at 4:15 p.m. Sunday.
The PGA tour heads to Hilton Head this weekend, with the Heritage on CBS at 3 p.m. both days. The Senior PGA tour is on NBC this weekend (Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.), with the Outback Pro-Am.
The Family Circle Cup tennis tournament will be on ESPN2 throughout the weekend, with coverage starting at 1 p.m.
To tide you over until fall, ESPN has the Alabama Crimson Tide spring football game Saturday at 3 p.m.
Comcast has ACC baseball Saturday at 1 p.m., with Clemson visiting Georgia Tech. Sunday at 1 p.m., it's North Carolina's game at Miami. ESPN2 goes with SEC baseball Friday, with Georgia facing Arkansas.
MASN has college lacrosse Saturday night, with Albany at UMBC.
ESPN's Sunday includes Big 12 softball, with Texas against Oklahoma at 3 p.m.

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