Thursday, June 3, 2010

Weekend watchdog

Do you think ABC is happy?
The NBA Finals tip off Thursday at 9 p.m. with the league's most storied rivalry - Celtics vs. Lakers. Game 2 will be Sunday at 8 p.m.
Getting ready for the series, you'll see black-and-white matchups from the 1960s. And the Bird vs. Magic rivalry of the 1980s. And maybe a little bit from 2008, when the Celtics won the last Finals meeting.
The Lakers have the homecourt advantage, always big in the Finals. When it's all over, one of the most successful teams in NBA history will add another title to its list.
The Stanley Cup finals continues Friday, with Game 4 on Versus. The teams return to Chicago for Game 5 Sunday on NBC.
In Paris, it's the end of the French Open. NBC shows the mens' semifinals Friday at 11 a.m., then has the women's championship Saturday at 9 a.m. The men's winner is crowned during live coverage Sunday at 9 p.m.
NASCAR bid farewell to Digger, Darrell and the crew for the season last weekend. Sunday, TNT picks up the coverage for the next six races, starting at Pocono at 1 p.m. The Nationwide Series is in Nashville Saturday night on ESPN2.
The IRL, fresh off its biggest race of the year, heads to Texas Saturday night on Versus.
The Orioles start a nine-game homestand as the Red Sox visit Camden Yards on MASN. The Nationals host the Reds on MASN2.
The Brewers visit to St. Louis gets the most national attention in baseball this weekend - on FOX Saturday and ESPN Sunday night. The Marlins vs. Mets and Rays-Rangers are also in the FOX mix of games, while TBS shows the Yankees and Blue Jays Sunday afternoon.
Tiger Woods is back to defend his title at the Memorial. CBS has coverage Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
D.C. United hosts Real Salt Lake Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on Comcast.
Want something different? NBC has the Collegiate Rugby Sevens Championships from Columbus Saturday and Sunday, starting at 4 p.m. both days.
The NCAA softball championships start Thursday in Oklahoma City with four games -Missouri vs. Hawaii and UCLA-Florida in the afternoon on ESPN, then Arizona against Tennessee at 7 p.m. on ESPN2 followed by Georgia-Washington.
There's two winners bracket games Friday, four more games Saturday and four Sunday on either ESPN or ESPN2 to reduce the field to two teams. Those two play a best-of-three series starting Monday.
The triple crown races end Saturday with the Belmont Stakes on ABC at 5 p.m.

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