Friday, January 29, 2016

Weekend watchdog

It's the weekend of NFL and NHL all-star games.
Do you plan to watch?
The leagues keep tinkering with the format, hoping you will.
Some of the NFL's best - except for those injured or playing in the Super Bowl - gather in Hawaii for the Pro Bowl. Kickoff is Sunday at 7 p.m. on ESPN.
The Pro Bowl used to match AFC vs. NFC. Boring. Now team captains Jerry Rice and Michael Irvin pick their players four days ahead of the contest. Teammates playing against each other - feel the excitement.
The NHL began using 3-on-3 overtime this season, and brings that format to its All-Star game Sunday at 4:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
With country singers as celebrity coaches - the game is in Nashville - there will be 20 minutes of action between the two divisions of the Eastern Conference. Then 20 minutes of the West. Winners of those segments will battle for the final 20 minutes.
Got that?
The All-Star skills competition will be Saturday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
If you like college football the way it used to be, there's the Senior Bowl on NFL network Saturday at 2:30 p.m. As in years past, you'll be watching guys who'll see on Sundays in the fall.
The Australian Open concludes with the men's final Sunday at 3 a.m. and women's final Saturday at 3 a.m. on ESPN.
The Cavaliers host San Antonio on ABC Saturday at 8:30 p.m., and the Bulls meet the Clippers Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
The Wizards visit Houston Saturday at 8 p.m. on Comcast.
VCU faces Davidson Friday at 6 p.m. on ESPN2.
Virginia travels to Louisville Saturday at 1 p.m. on CBS, with Maryland against Ohio State Sunday at 1 p.m.
St. John's hosts Villanova Sunday at noon on Fox.
The ACC network offers Miami-North Carolina State Saturday at 3 p.m. and Wake Forest taking on Notre Dame Sunday at 1 p.m.
ESPN has a quartet of SEC-Big 12 battles Saturday, starting with West Virginia-Florida at noon. Iowa State faces Texas A&M at 2 p.m. with Oklahoma against LSU at 5 p.m. and Kentucky-Kansas at 7 p.m.
There's six games on ESPN2 Saturday, with Vanderbilt against Texas getting things going at noon. Tennessee takes on TCU at 2 p.m. and it's North Carolina against Boston College at 4 p.m. Georgia battles Baylor at 6 p.m., followed by Oklahoma State-Auburn and Pepperdine meeting BYU in the nightcap at 10 p.m.
Butler faces Marquette on FoxSports1 Saturday at noon and it's Providence-Georgetown at 8 p.m. California meets Colorado Sunday at 5 p.m.
Clemson takes on Florida State on Comcast Saturday at noon, followed by Delaware-Towson and Hofstra meets Drexel at 4 p.m. Richmond faces St. Bonaventure Sunday at 3 p.m. and James Madison plays William & Mary at 7 p.m.
Massachusetts meets Fordham Saturday at noon on NBC Sports network, then LaSalle takes on Dayton at 2 p.m. George Washington faces George Mason Sunday at noon.
Princeton plays Brown Friday at 6 p.m. on  MASN.
On the women's court, South Carolina faces Texas A&M on ESPN2 Sunday at 6 p.m.
Villanova clashes with Creighton Friday at 8 p.m. on FoxSports1.
Comcast offers Richmond-St. Bonaventure Sunday at 12:30 p.m. and it's Delaware-Drexel at 5 p.m.
CBS starts its PGA slate with the Farmers Insurance Open Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
On the college ice, Colgate clashes with St. Lawrence Friday at 8 p.m. on MASN and North Dakota takes on Western Michigan Sunday at 8 p.m.
It's an FA Cup weekend, starting Friday at 2:30 p.m. when Darby County meets Manchester United on FoxSports1. Colchester United faces Tottenham Hotspur Saturday at 7:30 a.m. and Arsenal battles Burnley at 10 a.m. Milton Keynes clashes with Chelsea Sunday at 11 a.m.
There's an international friendly between the United States and Iceland Sunday at 4 p.m. on ESPN2.
NBC Sports network has downhill skiing Saturday at 5:30 a.m. and women's giant slalom at 7 p.m. There's women's slalom racing Sunday at 6 a.m. and men's giant slalom at 7:30 a.m.
ESPN has an X Games weekend, with action Friday on ESPN at 7 p.m., Saturday at 9 p.m. and Sunday starting at noon. ABC adds coverage Saturday at 1 p.m.

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