The Masters will obviously headline my television viewing this weekend with the very first major of the PGA Season. Currently Peter Hanson of Sweden (-5) leads U.S. Open Champion Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland, former British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa, Ben Crane of the United States and day one leader Lee Westwood of England by a stroke.
Other players in contention are Major winners Zach Johnson, Jim Furyk and Paul Lawrie.
The television coverage for the tournament is Friday at 1pm on TSN, Saturday at 1:30pm on CBS, and Sunday at noon on CBS.
Here are the other events I’ll be watching this weekend:
Friday–NLL–Rochester Knighthawks @ Calgary Roughnecks–7pm–I’m heading down to the Scotiabank Saddledome this evening to see the Roughnecks in National Lacrosse League action. At 10-3, the Roughnecks are tied for first place in the West Division with the Colorado Mammoth. The Roughnecks lead the NLL with 180 goals scored, are led by former Knighthawk Shawn Evans, who leads the team in scoring with 58 points.
Saturday–World Men’s Curling Championship–Canada vs. Scotland–6am–TSN–Ontario’s Glenn Howard will try to book his ticket to the final at the World Men’s Curling Championship in Basel, Switzerland where he will face Scotland’s Tom Brewster in the 1-2 game. In the round robin, Howard beat Brewster 7-5 in a game that saw Howard score two points in the 10th end to win.
Saturday–World Men’s Curling Championship–Semi-Final–12pm–TSN–The winner of Sweden/Norway will play the loser of Canada/Scotland in the semi-final. In Friday’s tie-breaker Sweden trounced New Zealand 10-2. The Kiwis were the only curling team this week to beat Canada.
Saturday–Women’s World Hockey Championship–Canada vs. United States–5pm–TSN–In Canada’s first game of the Women’s World Hockey Championship in Burlington, Vermont, Team Canada will try to get revenge on their top nemesis right off the bat. Last year the United States beat Canada 3-2 in the Gold medal final in Zurich, Switzerland. Team Canada will be led by forward Hayley Wickenheiser and goaltender Shannon Szabados, who have both been featured in Prospect Magazine.
Saturday–NBA–Orlando Magic @ Philadelphia 76ers–6pm–TSN2–Heading into the postseason there is currently a major rift in Orlando as it appears that star player Dwight Howard is not on the same hemisphere as Head Coach Stan Van Gundy. Howard apparently asked Van Gundy to be fired recently. Despite having a 32-23 record and heading to the playoffs, the Magic are in disarray as they have currently lost five straight. The 76ers at 29-25 also are comfortably in a playoff spot despite being hammered 99-78 by the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night.
Saturday–NBA–Los Angeles Lakers @ Phoenix Suns–8pm–The Score–The red hot Suns, winners of three straight, are in the thick of things in the Western Conference playoff race, only one game back of the Houston Rockets and Denver Nuggets. Wednesday night in Utah, Steve Nash scored the game winning shot with only two seconds left in the game in a 107-105 win over the Jazz. The Lakers meanwhile lead the Pacific Division at 35-20.
Saturday–NBA–Denver Nuggets @ Golden State Warriors–8:30pm–TSN2–The Nuggets are tied with the Houston Rockets for seventh place in the Western Conference and are looking to rebound after a tough 94-92 loss to the lowly New Orleans Hornets on Wednesday. Guard Ty Lawson leads the team with 15.9 points per game, but is red hot as of late as he is averaging over 20 points in his last five games.
Sunday–World Men’s Curling Championship–Gold Medal Final–8am–TSN–Glenn Howard will try to lead Canada to a third straight World Men’s Curling Championship in Basel, Switzerland following Kevin Koe in 2010 and Jeff Stoughton in 2011. In order for Canada to be in the final they will have to win one of a possible two playoff games on Saturday.
Sunday–Women’s World Hockey Championship–Canada vs. Finland–1pm–TSN–In the second game in two days in Burlington, Vermont, Team Canada will be once again up against a rather tough opponent as they take on Team Finland, who are currently ranked third in the world. If Canada finishes in the top two teams in their division, they will automatically qualify for the semi-finals on Friday.
Sunday–MLB–Chicago White Sox @ Texas Rangers–6pm–TSN2–In the final game of a three game series, the Rangers will look to win their third American League Championship Series in a row. If they are going to accomplish the feat Japanese sensation Yu Darvish will have to replace ace C.J. Wilson in the rotation. Will it be a tall task to ask of Darvish? Time will tell. The pitching matchup Sunday night is slated to be Gavin Floyd for the White Sox and Matt Harrison for the Rangers.
Sunday–MLB–Miami Marlins @ Philadelphia Phillies–11am–Sportsnet–In a battle of National League East division foes, the Marlins will try to rebound after a slow start to the season where they lost 4-1 to St. Louis and 4-0 to Cincinnati. In the first of a three game series, expectations are high in south Florida with the influx of acquisitions including shortstop Jose Reyes from the New York Mets and closer Heath Bell from the San Diego Padres. But the Phillies look to be the class of the National League East again this year with their excellent starting pitching.
Sunday–MLB–Boston Red Sox @ Toronto Blue Jays–5pm–Sportsnet–In the Blue Jays’ home opener, expectations in Toronto are through the roof. Why? I’m not sure because this team has a lot to prove not just in their ability to compete with Boston and New York for the AL East, but Tampa Bay and Texas for that second wildcard spot. The Blue Jays are still an ordinary team until they prove otherwise.
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