Spring, paradoxically, is the most exciting time of the year for two sports associated with winter: basketball and hockey. It’s playoff season in the N.B.A. and the N.H.L.
Here’s what I’ll be watching this weekend (all times Eastern) →
With the N.B.A.’s play-in games complete, Saturday starts with a tasty lineup of playoff matchups: Brooklyn at Philadelphia (1 p.m., ESPN), Atlanta at Boston (3:30 p.m., ESPN), New York at Cleveland (6 p.m., ESPN) and Golden State at Sacramento (8:30 p.m., ABC).
Four more N.B.A. games are on Sunday, and the N.H.L. playoffs start Monday.
If the N.F.L. and the X.F.L. (approaching the end of its regular season) weren’t enough pro football, get ready for the second season of the new U.S.F.L.
The opener on Saturday pits the Philadelphia Stars against the Memphis Showboats (4:30 p.m., Fox).
The quality of college gymnastics has soared since athletes have been allowed to accept name, image and likeness deals.
So expect top-level performances at the N.C.A.A. championships (Saturday, women, 4 p.m., ABC; men, 6 p.m., NCAA.com).
After a few hours of vaulting, beaming and ringing, it will be time for some rolling: the N.C.A.A. bowling championships (Saturday, 9 p.m., ESPNU).
Vanderbilt, Nebraska, Arkansas State and the Illinois powerhouse McKendree battle for the crown.
Forty horses will travel more than four miles in one of the most grueling races in the world, the Grand National steeplechase (Saturday, 12:15 p.m., FanDuel).
With a huge field and high, challenging jumps, the race is the hardest in the world to predict.
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