Weekend Preview(April 13-14th)

The Masters(all-day, Saturday and Sunday on CBS)

  • This will be a very intriguing cut and a must-watch for the weekend as Adam Scott, Jason Day, Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, and Rickie Fowler are all within four shots of each other for the lead.
  • You can watch both the third and fourth rounds of the 2019 Masters on CBS

 

UFC 236(Saturday, ESPN+ PPV at 10:00 pm ET, Prelims on ESPN at 8:00 pm ET, early prelims on ESPN+ at 6:15 pm ET )

  • Max Holloway vs. Dustin Poirier for the Interim Lightweight Championship. This could end up being one of the wildest fights in the history of the UFC as both Poirier and Holloway love to throw down and they are very technical on the feet. Both men also have a solid ground game too, so it is anybody’s guess on where this fight ends up. The winner will most likely fight the actual champ, Khabib Nurmagomedov, later this year, maybe September in Abu Dhabi?? My pick: Holloway via 4th round TKO
  • Kelvin Gastelum vs. Israel Adesanya for the Interim Middleweight Championship. This fight was made after MW champ, Robert Whittaker had to pull out of a scheduled fight against Gastelum on the day of UFC 234. Adesanya defeated Anderson Silva in the main event of that card to earn this title shot. Adesanya is an undefeated 16-0 in his MMA career while Gastelum is 15-3(1 NC) with notable wins over Michael Bisping and Jacare Souza. My pick: Adesanya via unanimous decision.
  • Other fights to watch: Anders vs. Rountree Jr., Jouban vs. Grant, St. Preux vs. Krylov, Reis vs. Pantoja, Millender vs. Muhammad, Jackson vs. Soukamthath
  • The PPV will air exclusively on the ESPN+ streaming service. You will have to pay $4.99 for the service before you purchase the PPV, which is $59.99.

NBA Playoffs begin

  • The first round of the NBA playoffs kicks off this Saturday and Sunday.
  • Full Schedule
    • Brooklyn Nets vs. Philadelphia 76ers(Game 1, Saturday, 2:30 pm ET, ESPN)
    • Orlando Magic vs. Toronto Raptors(Game 1, Saturday, 5:00 pm ET, ESPN)
    • Los Angeles Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors(Game 1, Saturday, 8:00 pm ET, ABC)
    • San Antonio Spurs vs. Denver Nuggets(Game 1, Saturday, 10:30 pm ET, ESPN)
    • Indiana Pacers vs. Boston Celtics(Game 1, Sunday, 1:00 pm ET, TNT)
    • Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Portland Trail Blazers(Game 1, Sunday, 3:30 pm ET, ABC)
    • Detroit Pistons vs. Milwaukee Bucks(Game 1, Sunday, 7:00 pm ET, TNT)
    • Utah Jazz vs. Houston Rockets(Game 1, Sunday, 9:30 pm ET, TNT)

Stanley Cup Playoffs continue

  • Full Schedule
    • Carolina Hurricanes vs. Washington Capitals(Game 2, Saturday, 3:00 pm ET, NBC, WSH leads series 1-0)
    • Dallas Stars vs. Nashville Predators(Game 2, Saturday, 6:00 pm ET, CNBC, DAL leads series 1-0)
    • Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Boston Bruins(Game 2, Saturday, 8:00 pm ET, NBC, TOR leads series 1-0)
    • Colorado Avalanche vs. Calgary Flames(Game 2, Saturday, 10:30 pm ET, NBCSN, CGY leads series 1-0)
    • New York Islanders vs. Pittsburgh Penguins(Game 3, Sunday, 12:00 pm ET, NBC, NYI leads series 2-0)
    • Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Columbus Blue Jackets(Game 3, Sunday, 7:00 pm ET, NBCSN, CBJ leads series 2-0)
    • Winnipeg Jets vs. St. Louis Blues(Game 3, Sunday, 7:30 pm ET, CNBC, STL leads series 2-0)
    • San Jose Sharks vs. Vegas Golden Knights(Game 3, Sunday, 10:00 pm ET, NBCSN, Series tied 1-1)

NASCAR Cup Series at Richmond Raceway(Saturday, 7:30 pm ET, FOX)

  • Kevin Harvick is on the pole with Erik Jones joining him on the front row.
  • Kyle Busch swept the races at Richmond last year and will look for his 3rd straight at the track and his 4th win of the season as he starts 5th tomorrow night
  • Martin Truex Jr. starts 6th and will look for his 1st career Cup win at a short track
  • Chevy has yet to win this season, but has four drivers starting in the top 10(Kurt Busch, Elliott, Austin Dillon, Johnson)
  • My pick: Kyle Busch

NCAA Ice Hockey Championship(Saturday, 8:00 pm ET, ESPN2)

  • Massachusetts vs. Minnesota-Duluth
  • Duluth looks to go back-to-back as they play in their 3rd straight national championship game
  • UMass seeks its first championship in school history
  • Prediction: UMass 2 – Minnesota-Duluth 4

Clarissa Shields vs. Christina Hammer(Saturday, 9:10 pm ET, Showtime)

  • The unified middleweight champion, Clarissa Shields, comes into the fight with a record of 8-0 with 2 KOs and is a must-watch as being a pioneer for making women’s boxing be aired on a major boxing network.
  • Christina Hammer is 24-0 with 11 KOs and could give Shields the fight of her life.
  • My pick: Shields via TKO in 8th round

IndyCar Long Beach Grand Prix(Sunday, 4:42 pm ET, NBCSN)

  • One of the marquee races of the IndyCar season goes down this Sunday from the streets of Long Beach, California.
  • My pick: Will Power

F1 Chinese Grand Prix(Sunday, 2:20 am ET, ESPN2)

  • One of the most exciting tracks on the world circuit is in Shanghai and should add on to the wildness that has already occurred early on in the F1 season.
  • My pick: Valtteri Bottas

Coachella Weekend 1(Streaming on YouTube)

  • Notable Saturday performers
    • Mac DeMarco(8:10-9:00 pm ET)
    • SiR(9:10-9:55 pm ET)
    • Virgil Abloh(9:20-10:10 pm ET)
    • Weezer(11:35 pm-12:25 am ET)
    • Juice WRLD(11:45 pm-12:35 am ET)
    • Billie Eilish(12:35-1:40 am ET)
    • Wiz Khalifa(1:05-1:55 am ET)
    • Tame Impala(1:35 am ET)
    • Little Simz(2:00 am ET)
    • Kid Cudi(2:55 am ET)
  • Notable Sunday performers
    • Rico Nasty(6:30-7:10 pm ET)
    • Pusha T(7:15-8:05 pm ET)
    • Lizzo(8:45-9:30 pm ET)
    • Playboy Carti(8:45-9:35 pm ET)
    • Blood Orange(9:10-10:00 pm ET)
    • YG(10:00-10:50 pm ET)
    • H.E.R.(12:30-1:30 am ET)
    • Ariana Grande(1:30 am ET)
    • Kaytranada(1:55 am ET)

Enjoy this wild and busy weekend!

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