Weekend Sports Guide: Will the Tigers Get Off the Skid?
It's been a rough week for Tigers fans as the team is in a midst of a seven game losing streak. Maybe you're sick of baseball for a while and want to check out what else the wide world of sports has to offer. If that's the case, you're in luck. Let this article serve as your guide to what is sure to be a fantastic weekend in sports.
If the Tigers aren't doing it for you but you still want your baseball fix, the NCAA baseball tournament continues on this weekend. No Michigan-based teams remain and in fact the Big Ten only has Illinois and Maryland left in it, but if you need to cleanse your mind of the losing streak, some college kids hitting it long with metal bats might be what you need. You can catch the action on the ESPN family of networks starting at noon on Friday.
Maybe you want the pros as your choice of cleansing. The MLB Network has Angels and Yankees for their Friday night marquee matchup.
Fox Sports 1's game of the week features the Rangers and the Royals on Saturday afternoon, and Fox has a split coverage game of the week that in the Lansing market will show the Tigers face off against the White Sox on Saturday evening.
On Sunday the baseball weekend wraps up with ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball where again viewers will be able to see the Yankees and the Angels on national TV.
The Tigers do try to get back to winning ways this weekend when they take on the White Sox in Chicago this weekend. 8:10 on Friday, 7:15 on Saturday and 2:10 on Sunday are all three scheduled first pitches eastern time. All games can be found on 1240 WJIM with pregame starting within a half hour of first pitch.
Of course there is also more than just America's pastime on TV this weekend. The NBA and NHL finals are both underway with one game each under their respective league's belts and will add some more this weekend.
In the NBA where Golden State has a 1-0 lead against the Cavaliers. Game 2 is Sunday night in the Bay area at 8:00 eastern time on ABC.
The NHL gets back to business on Saturday night 7:15 eastern time start where the Tampa Bay Lightning will look to rebound after losing game 1 to the Chicago Blackhawks on home ice. Game can be found on NBC.
Football? No, futbol.
Three of the four major sports are represented this weekend, and while there's no American football to take in this time of year, soccer has got some pretty big games coming up this weekend that may pique your interest.
First up, the UEFA Champions League Final is on Saturday afternoon. The best clubs in Europe competed all year and now just two remain. Italian giants Juventus (yoo-vent-us) led by Gianluigi Buffon, a legend in Italy for his great goalkeeping along with star midfielders Andrea Pirlo (another Italian legend) and Paul Pogba. They take on the juggernauts from Spain, Barcelona, with their three headed attack of Neymar, Luis Suarez and of course one of the best ever Lionel Messi. This game will not disappoint. Kick off set for 2:45 on Saturday on Fox.
Also getting underway on Saturday is the FIFA Women's World Cup. Team USA drew into group D which doesn't get underway until Monday afternoon in Winnipeg. Tournament hosts Canada will take on China in the first game on Saturday 6:00 eastern time from Edmonton. All the action can be found for the whole tournament on Fox and it's sports affiliates Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports 2.
Still hungry for sporting action despite all that is available already to you? Well there's a few more side dishes to go in this sports feast. Saturday and Sunday on NBC will have the finals of the Women's and Men's singles French Open championship from Roland-Garros. Women's final gets underway at 9:00 A.M. eastern time and features top seeded Serena Williams taking on Lucie Safarova, a Czech native seeded 13th in the tournament.
On the Men's side they will conclude Sunday with coverage starting at 9:00 A.M. eastern time on NBC. Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka pulled some upsets to get to the final as an eight seed where he will take on the winner of the Andy Murray-Novak Djokovic final currently in progress.
And lastly, history can be made at the 147th running of the Belmont Stakes. American Pharaoh is an overwhelming favorite at 3-5 odds as of this morning to get the third and final jewel in the Triple Crown, attempting to accomplish something no horse has done since Affirmed back in 1978. Coverage starts on the NBC Sports Network at 2:30 on Saturday and shifts to NBC at 4:30 where they will take you all the way to the estimated 6:52 post time.
What a weekend of sports! I'm excited and you should be too. I hope you find this guide helpful if you're like me and plan on binging on sports this weekend.
I'm Producer Zak, have a great weekend everyone!