Friday, January 18, 2013

Weekend watchdog

The last ride for Ray Lewis continues.
The Harbaugh brothers still have a chance at a Harbaugh Super Bowl.
Atlanta will host its first championship game.
nfl playoffsTom Brady in an AFC championship game? What a surprise.
Plenty of good storylines as the NFL holds its conference championships Sunday. Fox has the opening game at 3 p.m., with the 49ers taking on the Falcons.
San Francisco lost last year's NFC title game to the Giants, and return to the contest with a different starting quarterback. The Falcons have made only one Super Bowl appearance in franchise history - winning at Minnesota en route to Super Bowl XXXIII.
In the nightcap, it's a rematch of last year's AFC championship on CBS at 6:30 p.m. The Patriots escaped with a 23-20 victory before going to their fifth Super Bowl since the 2001 season.
The Ravens won a thrilling 31-30 contest in September and will play in their third AFC championship game in five years. They last won the Super Bowl after the 2000 season, with Lewis the MVP in the win over the Giants.
College all-star games are on NFL network - East-West Shrine game Saturday - and the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl Saturday at 6 p.m. on ESPN2.
With the NHL lockout over, opening day will be Saturday. NBC offers a pair of games Saturday at 3 p.m., led by Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles starting the campaign against Chicago. Other parts of the country will see the Penguins against the Flyers. Sunday at 12:30 p.m., the Flyers take on the Sabres.
The Capitals begin their season in Tampa Bay Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast. The Blackhawks meet Phoenix Sunday at 10:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
NBC Sports network offers college hockey Friday at 7:30 p.m., when Harvard meets Yale.
In college basketball, Virginia Tech plays Wake Forest on the ACC network Saturday at 2 p.m. Virginia hosts Florida State at 4 p.m.
West Virginia travels to Purdue on CBS Saturday at 2 p.m. before UCLA meets Oregon.
ESPN has five games on Saturday, starting with North Carolina-Maryland at noon. It's off to the SEC for Missouri-Florida at 2 p.m., and Syracuse plays top-ranked Louisville at 4 p.m. Ohio State takes on Michigan State at 6 p.m., and the GameDay crew catches Butler-Gonzaga at 9 p.m.
Pittsburgh against Connecticut starts the day on ESPN2 Saturday at noon, then Texas Tech plays Oklahoma State and Creighton battles Wichita State.
MASN shows four Big East games on Saturday. St. John's heads to DePaul at noon, then Villanova meets Providence at 4 p.m. Georgetown plays South Florida at 6 p.m. before Rutgers going against Notre Dame.
Drexel meets William & Mary Saturday at 2 p.m. on Comcast, followed by SMU-UTEP.
NBC Sports network has three games Saturday. Columbia collides with Cornell at 3 p.m., then Hofstra plays George Mason. It's UNLV-Colorado State in the nightcap at 7 p.m.
Comcast brings a pair of ACC women's games Sunday. Wake Forest meets Boston College at 1 p.m. and Florida State battles N.C. State at 3 p.m.
Seton Hall visits Georgetown in women's basketball on MASN Saturday at 2 p.m. ESPN2 has two games Sunday, with Maryland-Georgia Tech at 3 p.m. followed by Texas A&M against Georgia.
ESPN's Friday night NBA schedule starts at 8 p.m. with Bulls-Celtics, followed by the Thunder traveling to Dallas.
The Wizards face Denver Friday at 9 p.m. on Comcast, then head to L.A. Saturday to battle the Clippers at 10:30 p.m.
ESPN has high school basketball between Huntington Prep and New Hampton School Sunday at 5 p.m.
Action from the Australian Open continues on ESPN2, starting at 9 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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