Weekend Preview(Feb. 23rd-24th)

NASCAR:

The Folds of Honor Quiktrip 500(Sun. 2 pm ET, FOX) goes down from Atlanta Motor Speedway. This is the first race to feature some of the new rules package for 2019. This race will feature the 0.922″ tapered spacer, but there are no aeroducts on the cars. We will see how final practice goes to get a feel for Sunday, but qualifying was very telling as Aric Almirola won his first pole since 2012 with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. starting on the front row with him. Bad day for Team Penske as their highest qualifier was Brad Keselowski, who will start 19th. I, as well as most NASCAR fans, are definitely looking forward to this race.

MMA:

UFC Prague takes place tomorrow with prelims on ESPN2(11 am ET) and the main card on ESPN+(2 pm ET). This is the UFC’s first trip to the Czech Republic. The card is headlined by light-heavyweights, Jan Blachowicz and Thiago Santos. The fight is big for the light-heavyweight title picture as Blachowicz could be next in line with a convincing win over Santos, while Santos can make a huge leap up if he can put on another dazzling performance like his last win against Jimi Manuwa. Keep an eye out on Petr Yan, who will kick off the main card against John Dodson. Yan is on a rapid rise to stardom as he is 3-0 in the UFC.

Bellator 217 goes down tomorrow night on DAZN(9 pm ET). The card is headlined by Irishman, James Gallagher. Gallagher looks to bounce back from his knockout loss against Ricky Bandejas last August.

Boxing:

James DeGale vs. Chris Eubanks Jr.- 12 rounds in the super middleweight division(3:45 pm ET, Showtime)

Anthony Dirrell vs. Avni Yildirim- 12 rounds for the vacant WBC Super Middleweight title(10 pm ET, Fox Sports 1)

College Basketball:

(3)Virginia vs. (18)Louisville- Sat, 12:00 pm ET, ACC Network

(5)Tennessee vs. (13)LSU- Sat, 12:00 pm ET, ESPN

(16)Florida State vs. (8)North Carolina- Sat, 3:45 pm ET, CBS

(1)Duke vs. Syracuse- Sat, 6:00 pm ET, ESPN

(12)Kansas vs. (14)Texas Tech- Sat, 8:00 pm ET, ESPN

(10)Michigan State vs. (7)Michigan- Sun, 3:45 pm ET, CBS

NBA:

Trail Blazers vs. 76ers- Sat, 1:00 pm ET

Rockets vs. Warriors- Sat, 8:30 pm ET, ABC

Soccer:

Carabao Cup Final: Chelsea vs. Manchester City- Sun, 11:30 am ET, ESPN+

Manchester United vs. Liverpool- Sun, 9:05 am ET, NBC Sports Network

NHL:

Canadiens vs. Maple Leafs- Sat, 7:00 pm ET, ESPN+

 

 

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