Friday, April 24, 2015

Weekend watchdog

Richmond gets to host a pair of NASCAR races under the lights - one before the 16 driver playoff begins and this weekend.
Fox has coverage Saturday at 7 p.m., and racers hope the flag drops shortly thereafter - not after a long rain delay like last week at Bristol.
Kevin Harvick leads the Sprint Cup field with two wins in the first eight races. When the drivers return to Richmond in September, the final 16 driver Sprint for the Cup lineup will be finalized.
 The Xfinity Series racers hit the track Friday at 7:30 p.m. on FoxSports1.
NBC Sports network offers the IndyCar Grand Prix of Alabama Sunday at 3 p.m.
The NBA postseason heads into its second weekend, starting Friday at 7 p.m. when ESPN offers the Mavericks and Rockets Friday, followed by Spurs-Clippers. The Wizards host Toronto at 8 p.m. on ESPN2 and Comcast.
There's a pair of games on TNT Saturday afternoon - Hawks against Nets at 3 p.m. before the Bulls battle the Bucks. New Orleans hosts the Warriors at 8 p.m. on ESPN, then it's Grizzlies-TrailBlazers.
ABC has the Sunday afternoon action - Game 4 of Cavaliers-Celtics at 1 p.m. and Clippers against Spurs at 3:30 p.m. the Wizards host Toronto on TNT and Comcast at 7 p.m., then it's Rockets facing the Mavericks.
Anaheim has moved on in the NHL postseason, and Friday's action starts at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports network with the Penguins meeting the Rangers. Ottawa tries to stay alive in Game 5 at Montreal on CNBC, and the Wild and Blues meet on NBC Sports network at 9:30 p.m.
The Capitals can boot the Islanders from contention in their Game 6 Saturday at 3 p.m. on NBC. The Red Wings visit Tampa Bay at 6 p.m. on NBC Sports network, with Predators-Blackhawks on NBC Saturday at 8 p.m. Calgary clashes with Vancouver at 9 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
Sunday's slate will be determined after Friday's contests.
The Orioles host the Red Sox for the weekend (Friday and Sunday on MASN, Saturday on MASN2). The Nationals head to Miami for the weekend (Friday and Sunday on MASN2 and Saturday at 4 p.m. on MASN).
FoxSports1 offers the Indians' trip to Detroit Saturday at 1 p.m., followed by Mets-Yankees at 4 p.m. That series concludes on ESPN Sunday at 8 p.m.
On the college diamond, Georgia Tech faces Clemson at 1 p.m. Saturday on Comcast. LSU and Texas A&M tangle on ESPN Saturday at 2 p.m. and Alabama meets Mississippi Sunday at 1 p.m. FoxSports1 has Kansas State-Baylor Sunday at 3 p.m.
The PGA tour visits New Orleans Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. on CBS.
Manchester City meets Aston Villa on NBC Saturday at 12:30 p.m. Southampton faces Tottenham Hotspur on NBC Sports network Saturday at 7:45 a.m., followed by Burnley battling Leicester City. Arsenal and Chelsea bring the battle of London Sunday at 8:30 a.m.
The Red Bulls meet the Galaxy on ESPN2 Sunday at 5 p.m. FoxSports1 has a pair of games Sunday, with Toronto at Orlando City at 7 p.m. followed by Portland visiting Seattle at 9:30 p.m.
Comcast carries the ACC women's lacrosse tournament, with semifinals Friday at 1 and 3 p.m. and the final Sunday at 1 p.m.
In college softball, Texas takes on Texas Tech Saturday at 3 p.m. on MASN2.

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