April Sports ’14

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Final Four
NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship
MLB Opening Day
National Hockey League
Stanley Cup Playoffs
NBA Playoffs
PGA Tour
Masters Tournament
NASCAR – Sprint cup Series
Professional Tennis
Boston Marathon

 

 

 

The final four are set. How many of you picked those teams? If you did you are sitting pretty as the calendar flips to April. The Final four and NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship will be held at Cowboy Stadium in Arlington Texas, Saturday, April 5th and the Championship, Monday, April 7th.

For over a century, baseball has been hailed above all other sports as America’s National Pastime. And no other game during the regular one-hundred sixty-two game season has been as eagerly anticipated as Opening Day. Ask any fan what the “official” start of Spring is. Chances are their answer will be Opening Day. Much more than just an event, it is an experience. For baseball fans, Opening Day serves as a symbol of rebirth. Many feel that the occasion represents a newness or a chance to forget last season.
While the 2014 Major League Baseball season got started in Australia, and the Padres took on the Dodgers in primetime on ESPN Sunday, March 30, all other teams will begin play on March 31 or April 1. Click here for a complete schedule of opening day games along with the FANFOOD Top 10 and the FULL schedule for April.

It all comes down to this, less than two weeks remain in the NHL schedule as we head into April. The top three teams in each division automatically get into the playoffs, accounting for 12 of the league’s 16 playoff berths. The final four spots, two per conference, go to the teams with the highest point totals who finish outside of their division’s top three. These are the wild cards. This new format (click here for more detail) allows for the possibility that any given division could send as few as three teams to the playoffs, and as many as five. Click here for the complete schedule for the remaining games in April, a list of the ones on TV and a detailed explanation of the new Stanley Cup Playoffs format.

As the basketball season winds down, the excitement heats up as another NBA Playoff season kicks off in the battle to win the national championship. This year, the last of the regular season games will be played on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 followed by the 2014 NBA playoffs slated to start on Saturday, April 19, 2014. This year’s NBA Playoffs schedule is the same as usual, with a couple of major exceptions. First, the 2014 NBA Finals will switch to a 2-2-1-1-1 format this season, discarding the old 2-3-2 format that had been in use since 1985. As a result, the NBA is planning to schedule a two-day break between a potential Game 6 of the NBA Finals and Game 7. Another change is due to the NFL Draft, which will take place two weeks later than usual this year. With ESPN airing first round coverage on Thursday, May 8, second round NBA playoff coverage is scheduled for ESPN2 that night. Click here for the Full Schedule of remaining games in April and the complete NBA Playoffs TV Schedule.

In the world of golf, the Masters is a traditional rite of spring featuring top golfers battling it out for the green jacket in the first major golf championship of the 2014 season, and with prize money worth over a million dollars. The Masters has the smallest field of the four major championships. Officially, the Masters remains an invitation event, but there is a set of qualifying criteria that determines who is included in the field. There are multiple ways that golfers can qualify to receive an invitation to play in The Masters. In fact, there are 19 ways. Click here to learn more about the all the qualifying criteria, the complete Masters TV schedule on ESPN and CBS, links to watch the Masters LIVE online, and a couple of flyovers of the famous Augusta National Golf Course, along with a behind the scenes look inside the clubhouse. But that tournament isn’t the only one being played in April, click here for the full schedule with links to the big events

NASCAR takes a week off in the middle of the month leaving April with just 3 races, but don’t worry, we got you covered with info on each, including track details and previews.

The ATP and the WTA have some interesting events in April with the biggest being the Portugal Open held at the end of the month. Click here for the complete schedule for the Professional Tennis Tournaments for both the Men and the Woman in April.

Inspired by the marathon at the first Olympic Games in 1896, the city of Boston held its first marathon the following year on April 18 to commemorate the famous 1775 ride of colonial patriot, Paul Revere. This year, more than 20,000 runners from around the world will converge on Boston during marathon week, leading up to the 26-mile run at the historic 118th Boston Marathon beginning at 10 AM on Monday, April 21, 2014. The Boston Marathon is run on Patriots’ Day every year, so many Bostonians know the holiday as “Marathon Monday”. This year the eyes of the world will be on the event after the bombing last year. Click here for links to the Boston Marathon along with a video of the entire course in less than 10 minutes.

 

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Final Four

NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship

 

2014 Final Four

Saturday, April 5 and Monday, April 7
Arlington, Tex.
Cowboys Stadium

 

We are heading for a crazy, classic, all-time great Final Four. Mario Chalmers making a three, Gordon Hayward barely missing one — that kind of great. It has to end this way, doesn’t it? This NCAA tournament has been too good to finish with a few blowouts and anyway, who is going to run away with this?

 

Florida? Sure, the Gators have to be the favorite. They are the No. 1 overall seed, they haven’t lost since Dec. 2 and they have won all four of their tournament games by double digits. And yet, this is not a dominant team in the conventional sense. As great as Patric Young, Casey Prather and friends have been, Florida does not have any sure first-round NBA draft picks. Fellow Final Four teams Wisconsin and Connecticut are the only teams to beat Florida this year, and Kentucky came within two points of doing so just two weeks ago. Again: Florida is a deserving favorite. But this is not the 1996 Kentucky team, ready to trample everybody.

 

Kentucky is theoretically the underdog: an 8 seed, seemingly hopeless before the tournament started, and so dysfunctional on the court that I wrote that Kentucky had no chance of winning the national title and didn’t have a single UK fan offer to remove my teeth. I was obviously wrong, but who are we kidding? This is the most talented team in the tournament. It is young talent, and a few weeks ago it was messy, confused talent … but the talent is undeniable. Julius Randle will be an NBA All-Star, and a half-dozen or so of his teammates could play in the league. Most amazing: The freshmen-laden Wildcats are playing more like seniors in clutch situations than any other team in the tournament. Kentucky’s last three wins — over Wichita State, Louisville and Michigan — went down to the final seconds.
The Harrison twins played so poorly at times this year that Wildcats fans wished they would cut one-and-done into half-and-done. But Aaron Harrison put on one of the great clutch shooting shows in tournament history Sunday, making all four of his attempts in the last eight-plus minutes, including a game-winning three-pointer with under three seconds remaining and Michigan’s Caris LeVert flying in front of him.

 

Wisconsin is the team you might want to dismiss, because it’s Wisconsin, and besides, it’s a football state. Bo Ryan’s program has a well-documented history of regular season excellence and postseason disappointment, and it was never a reflection on Ryan. The Badgers are (usually) the kind of team that (usually) fails to live up to its March seeding: with limited offensive talent but an overachiever’s mindset, they rack up wins all year because they take every game seriously, but in March, the more talented teams are locked in and knock them out. This Wisconsin team is different. The offense is versatile and beautiful, the defense remains tenacious and the Badgers can play at various paces, against teams with different styles. Take away the tournament history and the name of the school, and this team is as good a bet as any to win the national title.

 

Then there is Connecticut, which is clearly the most surprising entry in the Final Four. It’s been a long time since a team like this won the national championship. The 2011 Connecticut team seems close — a surprising champ led by a veteran guard (Kemba Walker then, Shabazz Napier now). But that UConn squad was beaten up in a loaded Big East, got hot and won the conference tournament and entered the NCAA tournament as a 3-seed. This UConn team is a 7-seed. The last team to win this tournament with a seed like that was sixth-seeded Kansas in 1988. This matters partly because seeds are a good (though not perfect) reflection of a team’s play in the regular season, but also because a team with a lesser seed faces a tougher road. It’s like starting a car race from the back. Connecticut beat a No. 2 seed (Villanova), No. 3 (Iowa State) and No. 4 (Michigan State, a popular championship pick) to get here. Now the Huskies must beat the No. 1 overall seed (Florida) to get to the title game, where they would either face a No. 2 (Wisconsin) or the most talented team in college basketball. The whole thing seems impossible, which is why, after the last two weekends, it wouldn’t surprise me at all.

 

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2014 Major League Baseball

 

For over a century, baseball has been hailed above all other sports as America’s National Pastime. And no other game during the regular one-hundred sixty-two game season has been as eagerly anticipated as Opening Day. Ask any fan what the “official” start of Spring is. Chances are their answer will be Opening Day. Much more than just an event, it is an experience. For baseball fans, Opening Day serves as a symbol of rebirth. Many feel that the occasion represents a newness or a chance to forget last season.

While the 2014 Major League Baseball season got started in Australia on Saturday, March 22, when the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks played a two-game series Down Under, and The San Diego Padres took on the Dodgers in primetime on ESPN on Sunday, March 30, and all other teams will begin play on March 31 or April 1.

 

Here is a complete schedule of opening day games (all times ET):

 

Atlanta Braves: @ Milwaukee Brewers, Monday, March 31, 2:10 p.m. | Home opener: vs. New York Mets, Tuesday, April 8, 7:10 p.m.

Arizona Diamondbacks: vs. Los Angeles Dodgers in Sydney, Australia, Saturday, March 31, 3:00 a.m. | Home opener: vs. San Francisco Giants, Monday, March 31, 9:40 p.m.

Baltimore Orioles: vs. Boston Red Sox, Monday, March 31, 3:05 p.m.

Boston Red Sox: @ Baltimore Orioles, Monday, March 31, 3:05 p.m. | Home opener: vs. Milwaukee Brewers, Friday, April 4, 2:05 p.m.

Chicago Cubs: @ Pittsburgh Pirates, Monday, March 31, 1:05 p.m. | Home opener: vs. Philadelphia Phillies, Friday, April 4, 2:20 p.m.

Chicago White Sox: vs. Minnesota Twins, Monday, March 31, 4:10 p.m.

Cincinnati Reds: vs. St. Louis Cardinals, Monday, March 31, 4:10 p.m.

Cleveland Indians: @ Oakland Athletics, Monday, March 31, 10:05 p.m. | Home opener: vs. Minnesota Twins, Friday, April 4, 3:05 p.m.

Colorado Rockies: @ Miami Marlins, Monday, March 31, 7:10 p.m. | Home opener: vs. Arizona Diamondbacks, Friday, April 4, 4:10 p.m.

Detroit Tigers: vs. Kansas City Royals, Monday, March 31, 1:08 p.m.

Houston Astros: vs. New York Yankees, Tuesday, April 1, 7:10 p.m.

Kansas City Royals: @ Detroit Tigers, Monday, March 31, 1:08 p.m. | Home opener: vs. Chicago White Sox, Friday, April 4, 4:10 p.m.

Los Angeles Angels: vs. Seattle Mariners, Monday, March 31, 10:05 p.m.

Los Angeles Dodgers: @ Arizona Diamondbacks in Sydney, Australia, Saturday, March 22, 3:00 a.m. | Home opener: vs. San Francisco Giants, Friday, April 4, 4:10 p.m.

Miami Marlins: vs. Colorado Rockies, Monday, March 31, 7:10 p.m.

Milwaukee Brewers: vs. Atlanta Braves, Monday, March 31, 2:10 p.m.

Minnesota Twins: @ Chicago White Sox, Monday, March 31, 4:10 p.m. | Home opener: vs. Oakland Athletics, Monday, April 7, 4:10 p.m.

New York Mets: vs. Washington Nationals, Monday, March 31, 1:10 p.m.

New York Yankees: @ Houston Astros, Tuesday, April 1, 7:10 p.m. | Home opener: vs. Baltimore Orioles, Monday, April 7, 1:05 p.m.

Oakland Athletics: vs. Cleveland Indians, Monday, March 31, 10:05 p.m.

Philadelphia Phillies: @ Texas Rangers, Monday, March 31, 2:05 p.m. | Home opener: vs. Milwaukee Brewers, Monday, April 7, 3:05 p.m.

Pittsburgh Pirates: vs. Chicago Cubs, Monday, March 31, 1:05 p.m.

San Diego Padres: vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, Sunday, March 30, 8:05 p.m.

San Francisco Giants: @ Arizona Diamondacks, Monday, March 31, 9:40 p.m. | Home opener: vs. Arizona Diamondbacks, Tuesday, April 8, 4:35 p.m.

Seattle Mariners: @ Los Angeles Angels, Monday, March 31, 10:05 p.m. | Home opener: vs. Houston Astros, Monday, April 8, 10:10 p.m.

St. Louis Cardinals: @ Cincinnati Reds, Monday, March 31, 4:10 p.m. | Home opener: vs. Cincinnati Reds, Monday, April 7, 4:15 p.m.

Tampa Bay Rays: vs. Toronto Blue Jays, Monday, March 31, 4:10 p.m.

Texas Rangers: vs. Philadelphia Phillies, Monday March 31, 2:05 p.m.

Toronto Blue Jays: @ Tampa Bay Rays, Monday, March 31, 4:10 p.m. | Home opener: vs. New York Yankees, Friday, April 4, 7:07 p.m.

Washington Nationals: @ New York Mets, Monday, March 31, 1:10 p.m. | Home opener: vs. Atlanta Braves, Friday, April 4, 1:05 p.m.

 

 

 

FANFOOD Top 10

With spring training wrapping up and the MLB regular season right around the corner, it’s time to take a quick look at the top 10 teams in baseball right now. These of course are subject to change throughout the lengthy season and will be updated each month, but it’s always nice to get a feel of where the top teams stack up as we prepare ourselves for a marathon of a season.

 

1. Los Angeles Dodgers – The Dodgers spent a ton of money on their baseball team, but it may be worth it at the end of the season. With Carl Crawford, Hanley Ramirez, Andre Ethier and Yasiel Puig leading the way, the Dodgers should have no problem being one of the highest scoring offenses in the game. Having Clayton Kershaw as the ace also helps. There’s a reason the Dodgers are the favorite to win it all right now.

 

2. Detroit Tigers – Even with losing power hitter Prince Fielder, the Tigers still have a solid, solid lineup centered arguably the best player in baseball in Miguel Cabrera. But Detroit will go as far as its pitching takes it with Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer and Joe Nathan closing the door. Don’t bet against the Tigers this season.

 

3. Texas Rangers – The Rangers were already a top 10 scoring team with 730 runs last season. Now Texas added Prince Fielder and Shin-Soo Choo to the lineup. Let’s just say the Rangers are going to score a ton of runs this year. The Rangers also have a solid pitching rotation led by one of the best arms in the game in Yu Darvish.

 

4. St. Louis Cardinals – You can’t ignore the Cardinals, as they’ve been one of the more consistent franchises over the years. Last season, the Cardinals were top five in ERA and runs scored. Talk about efficiency. St. Louis is solid at every position and still has its ace in Adam Wainwright.

 

5. Washington Nationals – The Nationals are going to be the most exciting team in baseball with a ton of youth and Bryce Harper leading the pack. But Washington may have the best pitching rotation in all of baseball. With Doug Fister being the fourth starting pitcher, the Nationals are in good hands. If Stephen Strasburg stays healthy, Washington could win be a serious contender.

 

6. Boston Red Sox – It’s tough to leave the defending champions off a list like this. And although the Red Sox lost Jacoby Ellsbury, Boston still has a ton of veteran leadership such as David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia and Shane Victorino. The pitching rotation also isn’t too shabby, especially if Jake Peavy can stay healthy for an entire season.

 

7. San Francisco Giants – They say pitching win championships, well, it doesn’t get much better than the San Francisco Giants. With Tim Lincecum, Madison Bumgarner and Matt Cain in charge, the Giants will remain in the playoff hunt. The Giants just need to find ways to put more runs on the board.

 

8. Pittsburgh Pirates – The Pirates are pretty much in the same boat as the Giants. A lot of great pitching and not enough offense. Still, the Pirates pitching rotation is fantastic, especially if Gerrit Cole can last an entire season. It also helps that Pittsburgh has one of the best overall players in outfielder Andrew McCutchen.

 

9. New York Yankees – The Yankees went out and bought their way back to being relevant. With the additions of Carlos Beltran, Jacoby Ellsbury and a healthy Mark Teixeira (and Derek Jeter), the Yankees should have no problems scoring runs. If C.C. Sabathia returns to form and Masahiro Tanaka lives up to the hype, the Yankees will once again be playing in the postseason.

 

10. Tampa Bay Rays – The Rays are being a little undervalued by the odds makers right now. Vegas has them +1100 to win the World Series. The Tampa Bay Rays have been one of the more consistent teams over the past couple of years and return majority of last year’s squad. This is a veteran team led by David Price and Evan Longoria. If the Rays stay healthy, you can give them more than a punchers chance to win it all.

 

 

MLB Full Schedule – APRIL’14:

 

AprilGameGame Time
   Tue 1LA Dodgers @ San Diego 6:40 PM ET
Colorado @ Miami 7:10 PM ET
NY Yankees @ Houston 7:10 PM ET
Toronto @ Tampa Bay 7:10 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Texas 8:05 PM ET
Atlanta @ Milwaukee 8:10 PM ET
San Francisco @ Arizona 9:40 PM ET
Cleveland @ Oakland 10:05 PM ET
Seattle @ LA Angels 10:05 PM ET
   Wed 2Kansas City @ Detroit 1:08 PM ET
Atlanta @ Milwaukee 1:10 PM ET
Minnesota @ Chi. White Sox 2:10 PM ET
Cleveland @ Oakland 3:35 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ Pittsburgh 7:05 PM ET
Boston @ Baltimore 7:05 PM ET
St. Louis @ Cincinnati 7:10 PM ET
Colorado @ Miami 7:10 PM ET
Washington @ NY Mets 7:10 PM ET
Toronto @ Tampa Bay 7:10 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Texas 8:05 PM ET
NY Yankees @ Houston 8:10 PM ET
San Francisco @ Arizona 9:40 PM ET
Seattle @ LA Angels 10:05 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ San Diego 10:10 PM ET
   Thu 3St. Louis @ Cincinnati 12:35 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ Pittsburgh 12:35 PM ET
Colorado @ Miami 12:40 PM ET
Kansas City @ Detroit 1:08 PM ET
Washington @ NY Mets 1:10 PM ET
Minnesota @ Chi. White Sox 2:10 PM ET
San Francisco @ Arizona 3:40 PM ET
Boston @ Baltimore 7:05 PM ET
Toronto @ Tampa Bay 7:10 PM ET
NY Yankees @ Houston 8:10 PM ET
Seattle @ Oakland 10:05 PM ET
   Fri 4Atlanta @ Washington 1:05 PM ET
Baltimore @ Detroit 1:08 PM ET
Milwaukee @ Boston 2:05 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Chi. Cubs 2:20 PM ET
Minnesota @ Cleveland 3:05 PM ET
Chi. White Sox @ Kansas City 4:10 PM ET
Arizona @ Colorado 4:10 PM ET
San Francisco @ LA Dodgers 4:10 PM ET
St. Louis @ Pittsburgh 7:05 PM ET
NY Yankees @ Toronto 7:07 PM ET
San Diego @ Miami 7:10 PM ET
Cincinnati @ NY Mets 7:10 PM ET
Texas @ Tampa Bay 7:10 PM ET
LA Angels @ Houston 8:10 PM ET
Seattle @ Oakland 10:05 PM ET
   Sat 5Minnesota @ Cleveland 1:05 PM ET
NY Yankees @ Toronto 1:07 PM ET
Baltimore @ Detroit 1:08 PM ET
Cincinnati @ NY Mets 1:10 PM ET
Chi. White Sox @ Kansas City 2:10 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Chi. Cubs 2:20 PM ET
Seattle @ Oakland 4:05 PM ET
St. Louis @ Pittsburgh 7:05 PM ET
Atlanta @ Washington 7:05 PM ET
Milwaukee @ Boston 7:10 PM ET
LA Angels @ Houston 7:10 PM ET
San Diego @ Miami 7:10 PM ET
Texas @ Tampa Bay 7:10 PM ET
Arizona @ Colorado 8:10 PM ET
San Francisco @ LA Dodgers 9:10 PM ET
   Sun 6Minnesota @ Cleveland 1:05 PM ET
NY Yankees @ Toronto 1:07 PM ET
Baltimore @ Detroit 1:08 PM ET
Cincinnati @ NY Mets 1:10 PM ET
San Diego @ Miami 1:10 PM ET
Milwaukee @ Boston 1:35 PM ET
Atlanta @ Washington 1:35 PM ET
St. Louis @ Pittsburgh 1:35 PM ET
Texas @ Tampa Bay 1:40 PM ET
Chi. White Sox @ Kansas City 2:10 PM ET
LA Angels @ Houston 2:10 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Chi. Cubs 2:20 PM ET
Seattle @ Oakland 4:05 PM ET
Arizona @ Colorado 4:10 PM ET
San Francisco @ LA Dodgers 8:00 PM ET
   Mon 7Baltimore @ NY Yankees 1:05 PM ET
LA Angels @ Houston 2:10 PM ET
Milwaukee @ Philadelphia 3:05 PM ET
Oakland @ Minnesota 4:10 PM ET
Cincinnati @ St. Louis 4:15 PM ET
Texas @ Boston 6:10 PM ET
San Diego @ Cleveland 7:05 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ Kansas City 8:10 PM ET
Chi. White Sox @ Colorado 8:40 PM ET
   Tue 8Baltimore @ NY Yankees 1:05 PM ET
Arizona @ San Francisco 4:35 PM ET
Texas @ Boston 6:10 PM ET
San Diego @ Cleveland 7:05 PM ET
Miami @ Washington 7:05 PM ET
Houston @ Toronto 7:07 PM ET
NY Mets @ Atlanta 7:10 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Chi. Cubs 8:05 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ Kansas City 8:10 PM ET
Cincinnati @ St. Louis 8:15 PM ET
Chi. White Sox @ Colorado 8:40 PM ET
LA Angels @ Seattle 10:10 PM ET
Detroit @ LA Dodgers 10:10 PM ET
   Wed 9San Diego @ Cleveland 12:05 PM ET
Oakland @ Minnesota 1:10 PM ET
Cincinnati @ St. Louis 1:45 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ Kansas City 2:10 PM ET
Chi. White Sox @ Colorado 3:10 PM ET
Texas @ Boston 4:05 PM ET
Baltimore @ NY Yankees 7:05 PM ET
Milwaukee @ Philadelphia 7:05 PM ET
Miami @ Washington 7:05 PM ET
Houston @ Toronto 7:07 PM ET
NY Mets @ Atlanta 7:10 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Chi. Cubs 8:05 PM ET
Detroit @ LA Dodgers 10:10 PM ET
LA Angels @ Seattle 10:10 PM ET
Arizona @ San Francisco 10:15 PM ET
   Thu 10Oakland @ Minnesota 1:10 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Chi. Cubs 2:20 PM ET
Miami @ Washington 4:05 PM ET
Milwaukee @ Philadelphia 7:05 PM ET
Boston @ NY Yankees 7:05 PM ET
Houston @ Toronto 7:07 PM ET
NY Mets @ Atlanta 7:10 PM ET
Cleveland @ Chi. White Sox 8:10 PM ET
Arizona @ San Francisco 10:15 PM ET
   Fri 11Toronto @ Baltimore 7:05 PM ET
Boston @ NY Yankees 7:05 PM ET
Miami @ Philadelphia 7:05 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ Cincinnati 7:10 PM ET
Washington @ Atlanta 7:35 PM ET
Houston @ Texas 8:05 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Milwaukee 8:10 PM ET
Kansas City @ Minnesota 8:10 PM ET
Cleveland @ Chi. White Sox 8:10 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ St. Louis 8:15 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ Arizona 9:40 PM ET
NY Mets @ LA Angels 10:05 PM ET
Detroit @ San Diego 10:10 PM ET
Oakland @ Seattle 10:10 PM ET
Colorado @ San Francisco 10:15 PM ET
   Sat 12Boston @ NY Yankees 1:05 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ Cincinnati 1:10 PM ET
Cleveland @ Chi. White Sox 2:10 PM ET
Kansas City @ Minnesota 2:10 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ St. Louis 2:15 PM ET
Colorado @ San Francisco 4:05 PM ET
Miami @ Philadelphia 7:05 PM ET
Toronto @ Baltimore 7:05 PM ET
Washington @ Atlanta 7:10 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Milwaukee 7:10 PM ET
Houston @ Texas 8:05 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ Arizona 8:10 PM ET
Detroit @ San Diego 8:40 PM ET
NY Mets @ LA Angels 9:05 PM ET
Oakland @ Seattle 9:10 PM ET
   Sun 13Tampa Bay @ Cincinnati 1:10 PM ET
Toronto @ Baltimore 1:35 PM ET
Washington @ Atlanta 1:35 PM ET
Miami @ Philadelphia 1:35 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Milwaukee 2:10 PM ET
Kansas City @ Minnesota 2:10 PM ET
Cleveland @ Chi. White Sox 2:10 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ St. Louis 2:15 PM ET
Houston @ Texas 3:05 PM ET
NY Mets @ LA Angels 3:35 PM ET
Colorado @ San Francisco 4:05 PM ET
Detroit @ San Diego 4:10 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ Arizona 4:10 PM ET
Oakland @ Seattle 4:10 PM ET
Boston @ NY Yankees 8:05 PM ET
   Mon 14Atlanta @ Philadelphia 7:05 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ Baltimore 7:05 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Cincinnati 7:10 PM ET
Washington @ Miami 7:10 PM ET
Seattle @ Texas 8:05 PM ET
St. Louis @ Milwaukee 8:10 PM ET
NY Mets @ Arizona 9:40 PM ET
Oakland @ LA Angels 10:05 PM ET
Colorado @ San Diego 10:10 PM ET
   Tue 15Tampa Bay @ Baltimore 7:05 PM ET
Atlanta @ Philadelphia 7:05 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ NY Yankees 7:05 PM ET
Cleveland @ Detroit 7:08 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Cincinnati 7:10 PM ET
Washington @ Miami 7:10 PM ET
Seattle @ Texas 8:05 PM ET
Kansas City @ Houston 8:10 PM ET
St. Louis @ Milwaukee 8:10 PM ET
Toronto @ Minnesota 8:10 PM ET
Boston @ Chi. White Sox 8:10 PM ET
NY Mets @ Arizona 9:40 PM ET
Oakland @ LA Angels 10:05 PM ET
Colorado @ San Diego 10:10 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ San Francisco 10:15 PM ET
   Wed 16Tampa Bay @ Baltimore 12:35 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Cincinnati 12:35 PM ET
St. Louis @ Milwaukee 1:10 PM ET
NY Mets @ Arizona 3:40 PM ET
Atlanta @ Philadelphia 7:05 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ NY Yankees 7:05 PM ET
Cleveland @ Detroit 7:08 PM ET
Washington @ Miami 7:10 PM ET
Seattle @ Texas 8:05 PM ET
Kansas City @ Houston 8:10 PM ET
Toronto @ Minnesota 8:10 PM ET
Boston @ Chi. White Sox 8:10 PM ET
Oakland @ LA Angels 10:05 PM ET
Colorado @ San Diego 10:10 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ San Francisco 10:15 PM ET
   Thu 17Atlanta @ Philadelphia 1:05 PM ET
Cleveland @ Detroit 1:08 PM ET
Toronto @ Minnesota 1:10 PM ET
Seattle @ Texas 2:05 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ San Francisco 3:45 PM ET
Colorado @ San Diego 6:40 PM ET
Milwaukee @ Pittsburgh 7:05 PM ET
St. Louis @ Washington 7:05 PM ET
NY Yankees @ Tampa Bay 7:10 PM ET
Kansas City @ Houston 8:10 PM ET
Boston @ Chi. White Sox 8:10 PM ET
   Fri 18Cincinnati @ Chi. Cubs 2:20 PM ET
Toronto @ Cleveland 7:05 PM ET
Milwaukee @ Pittsburgh 7:05 PM ET
St. Louis @ Washington 7:05 PM ET
LA Angels @ Detroit 7:08 PM ET
Seattle @ Miami 7:10 PM ET
NY Yankees @ Tampa Bay 7:10 PM ET
Atlanta @ NY Mets 7:10 PM ET
Baltimore @ Boston 7:10 PM ET
Chi. White Sox @ Texas 8:05 PM ET
Minnesota @ Kansas City 8:10 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Colorado 8:40 PM ET
Houston @ Oakland 10:05 PM ET
Arizona @ LA Dodgers 10:10 PM ET
San Francisco @ San Diego 10:10 PM ET
   Sat 19St. Louis @ Washington 1:05 PM ET
Toronto @ Cleveland 1:05 PM ET
LA Angels @ Detroit 1:08 PM ET
Baltimore @ Boston 1:35 PM ET
Minnesota @ Kansas City 2:10 PM ET
Houston @ Oakland 4:05 PM ET
Cincinnati @ Chi. Cubs 4:05 PM ET
Milwaukee @ Pittsburgh 7:05 PM ET
NY Yankees @ Tampa Bay 7:10 PM ET
Seattle @ Miami 7:10 PM ET
Atlanta @ NY Mets 7:10 PM ET
Chi. White Sox @ Texas 8:05 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Colorado 8:10 PM ET
San Francisco @ San Diego 8:40 PM ET
Arizona @ LA Dodgers 9:10 PM ET
   Sun 20Toronto @ Cleveland 1:05 PM ET
LA Angels @ Detroit 1:08 PM ET
Seattle @ Miami 1:10 PM ET
Atlanta @ NY Mets 1:10 PM ET
Milwaukee @ Pittsburgh 1:35 PM ET
St. Louis @ Washington 1:35 PM ET
NY Yankees @ Tampa Bay 1:40 PM ET
Minnesota @ Kansas City 2:10 PM ET
Cincinnati @ Chi. Cubs 2:20 PM ET
Chi. White Sox @ Texas 3:05 PM ET
Houston @ Oakland 4:05 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Colorado 4:10 PM ET
Arizona @ LA Dodgers 4:10 PM ET
San Francisco @ San Diego 4:10 PM ET
Baltimore @ Boston 7:05 PM ET
   Mon 21Baltimore @ Boston 11:05 AM ET
Kansas City @ Cleveland 7:05 PM ET
Cincinnati @ Pittsburgh 7:05 PM ET
LA Angels @ Washington 7:05 PM ET
Chi. White Sox @ Detroit 7:08 PM ET
Miami @ Atlanta 7:10 PM ET
St. Louis @ NY Mets 7:10 PM ET
Arizona @ Chi. Cubs 8:05 PM ET
San Diego @ Milwaukee 8:10 PM ET
San Francisco @ Colorado 8:40 PM ET
Texas @ Oakland 10:05 PM ET
Houston @ Seattle 10:10 PM ET
Philadelphia @ LA Dodgers 10:10 PM ET
   Tue 22LA Angels @ Washington 7:05 PM ET
Cincinnati @ Pittsburgh 7:05 PM ET
Kansas City @ Cleveland 7:05 PM ET
Baltimore @ Toronto 7:07 PM ET
Chi. White Sox @ Detroit 7:08 PM ET
Miami @ Atlanta 7:10 PM ET
NY Yankees @ Boston 7:10 PM ET
St. Louis @ NY Mets 7:10 PM ET
Minnesota @ Tampa Bay 7:10 PM ET
Arizona @ Chi. Cubs 8:05 PM ET
San Diego @ Milwaukee 8:10 PM ET
San Francisco @ Colorado 8:40 PM ET
Texas @ Oakland 10:05 PM ET
Houston @ Seattle 10:10 PM ET
Philadelphia @ LA Dodgers 10:10 PM ET
   Wed 23Miami @ Atlanta 12:10 PM ET
Arizona @ Chi. Cubs 2:20 PM ET
San Francisco @ Colorado 3:10 PM ET
Texas @ Oakland 3:35 PM ET
Houston @ Seattle 3:40 PM ET
LA Angels @ Washington 7:05 PM ET
Kansas City @ Cleveland 7:05 PM ET
Cincinnati @ Pittsburgh 7:05 PM ET
Baltimore @ Toronto 7:07 PM ET
Chi. White Sox @ Detroit 7:08 PM ET
NY Yankees @ Boston 7:10 PM ET
Minnesota @ Tampa Bay 7:10 PM ET
St. Louis @ NY Mets 7:10 PM ET
San Diego @ Milwaukee 8:10 PM ET
Philadelphia @ LA Dodgers 10:10 PM ET
   Thu 24Kansas City @ Cleveland 12:05 PM ET
Cincinnati @ Pittsburgh 12:35 PM ET
Chi. White Sox @ Detroit 1:08 PM ET
St. Louis @ NY Mets 1:10 PM ET
Minnesota @ Tampa Bay 1:10 PM ET
Arizona @ Chi. Cubs 2:20 PM ET
San Diego @ Washington 7:05 PM ET
Baltimore @ Toronto 7:07 PM ET
NY Yankees @ Boston 7:10 PM ET
Oakland @ Houston 8:10 PM ET
Philadelphia @ LA Dodgers 10:10 PM ET
   Fri 25LA Angels @ NY Yankees 7:05 PM ET
Kansas City @ Baltimore 7:05 PM ET
San Diego @ Washington 7:05 PM ET
Boston @ Toronto 7:07 PM ET
Miami @ NY Mets 7:10 PM ET
Cincinnati @ Atlanta 7:35 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ Chi. White Sox 8:10 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ Milwaukee 8:10 PM ET
Detroit @ Minnesota 8:10 PM ET
Oakland @ Houston 8:10 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ St. Louis 8:15 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Arizona 9:40 PM ET
Colorado @ LA Dodgers 10:10 PM ET
Texas @ Seattle 10:10 PM ET
Cleveland @ San Francisco 10:15 PM ET
   Sat 26LA Angels @ NY Yankees 1:05 PM ET
San Diego @ Washington 1:05 PM ET
Boston @ Toronto 1:07 PM ET
Detroit @ Minnesota 2:10 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ St. Louis 2:15 PM ET
Cleveland @ San Francisco 4:05 PM ET
Kansas City @ Baltimore 7:05 PM ET
Cincinnati @ Atlanta 7:10 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ Milwaukee 7:10 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ Chi. White Sox 7:10 PM ET
Miami @ NY Mets 7:10 PM ET
Oakland @ Houston 7:10 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Arizona 8:10 PM ET
Colorado @ LA Dodgers 9:10 PM ET
Texas @ Seattle 9:10 PM ET
   Sun 27Boston @ Toronto 1:07 PM ET
Miami @ NY Mets 1:10 PM ET
Cincinnati @ Atlanta 1:35 PM ET
Kansas City @ Baltimore 1:35 PM ET
San Diego @ Washington 1:35 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ Chi. White Sox 2:10 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ Milwaukee 2:10 PM ET
Detroit @ Minnesota 2:10 PM ET
Oakland @ Houston 2:10 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ St. Louis 2:15 PM ET
Cleveland @ San Francisco 4:05 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Arizona 4:10 PM ET
Colorado @ LA Dodgers 4:10 PM ET
Texas @ Seattle 4:10 PM ET
LA Angels @ NY Yankees 8:05 PM ET
   Mon 28Chi. Cubs @ Cincinnati 7:10 PM ET
Oakland @ Texas 8:05 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ Chi. White Sox 8:10 PM ET
Milwaukee @ St. Louis 8:15 PM ET
Colorado @ Arizona 9:40 PM ET
Cleveland @ LA Angels 10:05 PM ET
San Diego @ San Francisco 10:15 PM ET
   Tue 29Pittsburgh @ Baltimore 7:05 PM ET
NY Mets @ Philadelphia 7:05 PM ET
Seattle @ NY Yankees 7:05 PM ET
Atlanta @ Miami 7:10 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ Boston 7:10 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ Cincinnati 7:10 PM ET
Oakland @ Texas 8:05 PM ET
Detroit @ Chi. White Sox 8:10 PM ET
Toronto @ Kansas City 8:10 PM ET
Washington @ Houston 8:10 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ Minnesota 8:10 PM ET
Milwaukee @ St. Louis 8:15 PM ET
Colorado @ Arizona 9:40 PM ET
Cleveland @ LA Angels 10:05 PM ET
San Diego @ San Francisco 10:15 PM ET
   Wed 30Milwaukee @ St. Louis 1:45 PM ET
Detroit @ Chi. White Sox 2:10 PM ET
Cleveland @ LA Angels 7:05 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Baltimore 7:05 PM ET
Seattle @ NY Yankees 7:05 PM ET
NY Mets @ Philadelphia 7:05 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ Boston 7:10 PM ET
Atlanta @ Miami 7:10 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ Cincinnati 7:10 PM ET
Oakland @ Texas 8:05 PM ET
Toronto @ Kansas City 8:10 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ Minnesota 8:10 PM ET
Washington @ Houston 8:10 PM ET
Colorado @ Arizona 9:40 PM ET
San Diego @ San Francisco 10:15 PM ET

 

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National Hockey League

 

It all comes down to this, less than two weeks remain in the NHL schedule as we head into April.  The top three teams in each division automatically get into the playoffs, accounting for 12 of the league’s 16 playoff berths. The final four spots, two per conference, go to the teams with the highest point totals who finish outside of their division’s top three. These are the wild cards. This new format (explained in more detail below) allows for the possibility that any given division could send as few as three teams to the playoffs, and as many as five.

The Bruins rank first overall in 5-on-5 goals for/against ratio, at 1.59. Translation: They’re built to win in the playoffs. The Bruins just enjoyed their second 10-game winning streak in the last three seasons. Most impressive is how prepared this group is when the puck drops–the B’s haven’t do not allow many first-period goals and did not in nine straight during the streak. They are the FANFOOD Top team as the calendar flips. One could make the case for the first team to surpass the 100-point mark, the Blues. They still have a nice lead over Chicago despite their loss to the Blackhawks last week. St. Louis does not give up many goals in regulation. Quietest 22 goals in the NHL? Jaden Schwartz, who leads the Blues with a plus-28. He’s a really good, young player. Rounding out the Top 3, the Shark’s Marc-Edouard Vlasic has continued his excellent play — he’s a defensive force, shuts down top offensive players every night and carries a team-leading plus-32. Roberto Luongo finally put an end to San Jose’s winning ways last week, but not before the Sharks tore off a six-game streak that included two shutouts of likely playoff-bound teams (Canadiens and Rangers) and 11 goals scored combined against two others (Leafs and Penguins). They can beat you both ways. But there are other teams that skate and fighting for the chance to raise the Stanley Cup.

 

FANFOOD Top 10

  1. Boston
  2. St. Louis
  3. San Jose
  4. Anaheim
  5. Philadelphia
  6. Pittsburgh
  7. Chicago
  8. Los Angeles
  9. Colorado
  10. Tampa Bay

 

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NBC Sports Network will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra, and to the digital platforms of participating cable, satellite, and telco services, via “TV Everywhere,” which is available on an authenticated basis to subscribers of participating MVPDs.

 

NHL on TV – April’14:

 

Tues., April 1  Philadelphia vs St. Louis, NBCSN
Wed., April 2  Boston vs Detroit, NBCSN
Wed., April 2  Phoenix vs Los Angeles, NBCSN
Thurs., April 3  Minnesota vs Chicago, NBCSN
Thurs., April 3  Los Angeles vs San Jose, NBCSN
Fri., April 4  Washington vs New Jersey, NBCSN
Sun., April 6  St. Louis vs Chicago, NBC
Sun., April 6  Buffalo vs Philadelphia, NBCSN
Tues., April 8  Washington vs St. Louis, NBCSN
Wed., April 9  Detroit vs Pittsburgh, NBCSN
Wed., April 9  San Jose vs Anaheim, NBCSN
Thurs., April 10  St. Louis vs Minnesota, NBCSN
Fri., April 11  NY Islanders vs New Jersey, NBCSN
Sat., April 12  Philadelphia vs Pittsburgh, NBC
Sat., April 12  Chicago vs Nashville, NBCSN
Sun., April 13  Detroit vs St. Louis, NBC

 

 

NBC Sports Network’s exclusive Wednesday Night Rivalry coverage has returned for a second season and features some of the biggest rivalries in the NHL, including Boston-Montreal, Philadelphia-Pittsburgh and Chicago-Detroit. The network airs exclusive coverage on Wednesday nights for 24 weeks, with games starting at 8 p.m. ET. During its inaugural season, Wednesday Night Rivalry was called “the hottest new brand in sports” by Forbes. It claimed six of the top eight most-watched NHL regular-season telecasts ever on NBC Sports Network and averaged 646,000 viewers. With the success of Wednesday Night Rivalry, the 2013 season was the most-watched NHL regular season on cable in 19 years.

 

April 2 –  Boston vs Detroit
April 9 –  Detroit vs Pittsburgh

 

NHL Full Schedule – APRIL’14:

AprilGameGame Time
   Tue 1New Jersey @ Buffalo 7:00 PM ET
Calgary @ Toronto 7:00 PM ET
Florida @ NY Islanders 7:00 PM ET
Carolina @ Pittsburgh 7:00 PM ET
Dallas @ Washington 7:00 PM ET
Colorado @ Columbus 7:00 PM ET
Montreal @ Tampa Bay 7:30 PM ET
Philadelphia @ St. Louis 8:00 PM ET
NY Rangers @ Vancouver 10:00 PM ET
Winnipeg @ Phoenix 10:00 PM ET
Edmonton @ San Jose 10:30 PM ET
   Wed 2NY Islanders @ Ottawa 7:00 PM ET
Boston @ Detroit 8:00 PM ET
Edmonton @ Anaheim 10:00 PM ET
Phoenix @ Los Angeles 10:30 PM ET
   Thu 3Columbus @ Philadelphia 7:00 PM ET
Dallas @ Carolina 7:00 PM ET
Calgary @ Tampa Bay 7:30 PM ET
Boston @ Toronto 7:30 PM ET
Minnesota @ Chicago 8:00 PM ET
Buffalo @ St. Louis 8:00 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Winnipeg 8:00 PM ET
NY Rangers @ Colorado 9:00 PM ET
Los Angeles @ San Jose 10:30 PM ET
   Fri 4Montreal @ Ottawa 7:00 PM ET
Chicago @ Columbus 7:00 PM ET
Washington @ New Jersey 7:00 PM ET
Buffalo @ Detroit 7:30 PM ET
Calgary @ Florida 7:30 PM ET
Edmonton @ Phoenix 10:00 PM ET
Nashville @ Anaheim 10:00 PM ET
   Sat 5Philadelphia @ Boston 1:00 PM ET
Colorado @ St. Louis 2:00 PM ET
Washington @ NY Islanders 5:00 PM ET
Winnipeg @ Toronto 7:00 PM ET
Detroit @ Montreal 7:00 PM ET
Dallas @ Tampa Bay 7:00 PM ET
Ottawa @ NY Rangers 7:00 PM ET
New Jersey @ Carolina 7:00 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Minnesota 8:00 PM ET
Los Angeles @ Vancouver 10:00 PM ET
Nashville @ San Jose 10:30 PM ET
   Sun 6St. Louis @ Chicago 12:30 PM ET
Dallas @ Florida 5:00 PM ET
NY Islanders @ Columbus 6:00 PM ET
Buffalo @ Philadelphia 7:30 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Colorado 8:00 PM ET
Anaheim @ Edmonton 8:00 PM ET
   Mon 7Calgary @ New Jersey 7:00 PM ET
Minnesota @ Winnipeg 8:00 PM ET
Anaheim @ Vancouver 10:00 PM ET
   Tue 8Detroit @ Buffalo 7:00 PM ET
Ottawa @ NY Islanders 7:00 PM ET
Carolina @ NY Rangers 7:00 PM ET
Phoenix @ Columbus 7:00 PM ET
Toronto @ Tampa Bay 7:30 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Florida 7:30 PM ET
Washington @ St. Louis 8:00 PM ET
Boston @ Minnesota 8:00 PM ET
Nashville @ Dallas 8:30 PM ET
Colorado @ Edmonton 9:30 PM ET
   Wed 9Montreal @ Chicago 7:30 PM ET
Detroit @ Pittsburgh 8:00 PM ET
Columbus @ Dallas 8:30 PM ET
Los Angeles @ Calgary 10:00 PM ET
San Jose @ Anaheim 10:30 PM ET
   Thu 10Buffalo @ NY Rangers 7:00 PM ET
Washington @ Carolina 7:00 PM ET
NY Islanders @ Montreal 7:30 PM ET
New Jersey @ Ottawa 7:30 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Tampa Bay 7:30 PM ET
Toronto @ Florida 7:30 PM ET
Phoenix @ Nashville 8:00 PM ET
St. Louis @ Minnesota 8:00 PM ET
Boston @ Winnipeg 8:00 PM ET
Los Angeles @ Edmonton 9:30 PM ET
Colorado @ Vancouver 10:00 PM ET
   Fri 11Chicago @ Washington 7:00 PM ET
Carolina @ Detroit 7:30 PM ET
Columbus @ Tampa Bay 7:30 PM ET
NY Islanders @ New Jersey 7:30 PM ET
St. Louis @ Dallas 8:30 PM ET
Winnipeg @ Calgary 9:00 PM ET
Colorado @ San Jose 10:00 PM ET
   Sat 12Buffalo @ Boston 12:30 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Pittsburgh 3:00 PM ET
NY Rangers @ Montreal 7:00 PM ET
Toronto @ Ottawa 7:00 PM ET
Columbus @ Florida 7:00 PM ET
Chicago @ Nashville 8:00 PM ET
San Jose @ Phoenix 9:00 PM ET
Vancouver @ Edmonton 10:00 PM ET
Anaheim @ Los Angeles 10:30 PM ET
   Sun 13Boston @ New Jersey 3:00 PM ET
Carolina @ Philadelphia 3:00 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ Washington 3:00 PM ET
Detroit @ St. Louis 3:00 PM ET
NY Islanders @ Buffalo 5:00 PM ET
Ottawa @ Pittsburgh 7:30 PM ET
Nashville @ Minnesota 8:00 PM ET
Calgary @ Vancouver 8:00 PM ET
Colorado @ Anaheim 8:00 PM ET
Dallas @ Phoenix 9:00 PM ET

 

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Stanley Cup Playoffs

 

- New Format in 2014 -

 

With the NHL playoffs getting closer, it’s a good time for a refresher on how the system will work this year, the first under the league’s new post-season format.

First, a brief recap of realignment: instead of 15 teams in each conference, there are now 16 teams in the East and 14 in the West. They’re grouped into four divisions: Atlantic, Metropolitan, Central and Pacific.

Just like under the old system, eight teams from each conference make the playoffs, but it’s no longer a simple matter of the top eight teams in the conference qualifying.

The top three teams in each division automatically get in, accounting for 12 of the league’s 16 playoff berths. The final four spots, two per conference, go to the teams with the highest point totals who finish outside of their division’s top three. These are the wild cards.

This format allows for the possibility that any given division could send as few as three teams to the playoffs, and as many as five.

Once the playoffs start, the two division winners in each conference match up against the two wild-card entries (the division winner with the most points faces the wild-card team with the fewest points, regardless of which division they play in). The other matchups are intradivisional: the second- and third-ranked teams in each division square off against each other.

The winners of these series move on to the second round to play for a spot in the conference finals. In each conference, the highest remaining seed plays the lowest remaining seeds, and the other two teams meet.

To help visualize a potential first round, here’s an example of how the playoffs would look in the Eastern Conference if the regular season had ended on March 17:

Division winners:

Atlantic: Boston (awarded East’s top seed as division winner with most points).
Metropolitan: Pittsburgh.

Division No. 2 and No. 3 teams:

Atlantic: (2) Tampa Bay, (3) Montreal.
Metropolitan: (2) Philadelphia, (3) Columbus.

Wild cards:

Wild card No. 1: Toronto (most points among the two wild-card teams).
Wild card No. 2: New York Rangers.

1st-round matchups:

Boston (best division winner) vs. N.Y. Rangers (worst wild card).
Pittsburgh (second-best division winner) vs. Toronto (best wild card).
Tampa Bay (Atlantic No. 2 seed) vs. Montreal (Atlantic No. 3 seed).
Philadelphia (Metropolitan No. 2 seed) vs. Columbus (Metropolitan No. 3 seed).

 

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National Basketball Association

 

As the basketball season winds down, the excitement heats up as another NBA Playoff season kicks off in the battle to win the national championship. This year, the last of the regular season games will be played on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 followed by the 2014 NBA playoffs slated to start on Saturday, April 19, 2014. Of course, the fun doesn’t stop there. The NBA Finals are the ultimate showdown between the two top remaining teams from each conference. Beginning in June, watch for broadcasts of the Eastern Conference finals on ESPN along with full coverage of the Western Conference finals on TNT — as NBA fans coast to coast cheer — “Let the games begin!”

But before we get to the postseason, we have some regular season games to play to see who will be playing who when we get there. The Spurs are on fire. San Antonio is the West’s first team to clinch a playoff spot and ranks first in two more telling categories, sporting a 12-4 record in the second game of back-to-backs and a road record of 27-8. They are the #1 Team in the FANFOOD Top 10 heading into April. The Clippers are #2 and will have the added bonus of having their best shooter in J.J. Redick back in the fold. Kevin Durant just became the first player since Larry Bird in 1987-88 to amass at least 35 points, 10 boards and five assists in three successive games, and has helped OKC solidify the #3 spot.

 

FANFOOD Top 10

  1. San Antonio
  2. Los Angeles
  3. Oklahoma City
  4. Houston
  5. Miami
  6. Indiana
  7. Memphis
  8. Golden State
  9. Chicago
  10. Phoenix

 

Apr. 1, 8 p.m. ETTNTHouston vs. Brooklyn
Apr. 1, 10:30 p.m. ETTNTPortland vs. LA Lakers
Apr. 2, 7 p.m. ETESPNBrooklyn vs. New York
Apr. 3, 8 p.m. ETTNTSan Antonio vs. Oklahoma City
Apr. 3, 10:30 p.m. ETTNTDallas vs. LA Clippers
Apr. 4, 7 p.m. ETESPNDenver vs. Memphis
Apr. 4, 9:30 p.m. ETESPNOklahoma City vs. Houston
Apr. 6, 1 p.m. ETABCNew York vs. Miami
Apr. 6, 3:30 p.m. ETABCLA Lakers vs. LA Clippers
Apr. 8, 8 p.m. ETTNTBrooklyn vs. Miami
Apr. 8, 10:30 p.m. ETTNTHouston vs. LA Lakers
Apr. 9, 8 p.m. ETESPNMiami vs. Memphis
Apr. 9, 10:30 p.m. ETESPNOklahoma City vs. LA Clippers
Apr. 10, 8 p.m. ETTNTSan Antonio vs. Dallas
Apr. 10, 10:30 p.m. ETTNTDenver vs. Golden State
Apr. 13, 1 p.m. ETABCChicago vs. New York
Apr. 15, 8 p.m. ETTNTNew York vs. Brooklyn
Apr. 15, 10:30 p.m. ETTNTDenver vs. LA Clippers
Apr. 16, 8 p.m. ETESPNAtlanta vs. Milwaukee
Apr. 16, 10:30 p.m. ETESPNGolden State vs. Denver

 

NBA Full Schedule – April ’14

AprilGameGame Time
   Tue 1Houston @ Brooklyn 8:00 PM ET
Golden State @ Dallas 8:30 PM ET
Portland @ L.A. Lakers 10:30 PM ET
   Wed 2Detroit @ Indiana 7:00 PM ET
Brooklyn @ New York 7:00 PM ET
Cleveland @ Orlando 7:00 PM ET
Charlotte @ Philadelphia 7:00 PM ET
Houston @ Toronto 7:00 PM ET
Boston @ Washington 7:00 PM ET
Chicago @ Atlanta 7:30 PM ET
Milwaukee @ Miami 7:30 PM ET
Memphis @ Minnesota 8:00 PM ET
Golden State @ San Antonio 8:30 PM ET
New Orleans @ Denver 9:00 PM ET
L.A. Clippers @ Phoenix 10:00 PM ET
L.A. Lakers @ Sacramento 10:00 PM ET
   Thu 3San Antonio @ Oklahoma City 8:00 PM ET
Dallas @ L.A. Clippers 10:30 PM ET
   Fri 4Denver @ Memphis 7:00 PM ET
Orlando @ Charlotte 7:00 PM ET
Indiana @ Toronto 7:00 PM ET
Cleveland @ Atlanta 7:30 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Boston 7:30 PM ET
Detroit @ Brooklyn 7:30 PM ET
Minnesota @ Miami 7:30 PM ET
Washington @ New York 7:30 PM ET
Milwaukee @ Chicago 8:00 PM ET
New Orleans @ Utah 9:00 PM ET
Oklahoma City @ Houston 9:30 PM ET
Phoenix @ Portland 10:00 PM ET
Sacramento @ Golden State 10:30 PM ET
Dallas @ L.A. Lakers 10:30 PM ET
   Sat 5Minnesota @ Orlando 7:00 PM ET
Chicago @ Washington 7:00 PM ET
Charlotte @ Cleveland 7:30 PM ET
Boston @ Detroit 7:30 PM ET
Brooklyn @ Philadelphia 7:30 PM ET
Toronto @ Milwaukee 8:30 PM ET
   Sun 6New York @ Miami 1:00 PM ET
L.A. Lakers @ L.A. Clippers 3:30 PM ET
Dallas @ Sacramento 6:00 PM ET
Atlanta @ Indiana 6:00 PM ET
Denver @ Houston 7:00 PM ET
Memphis @ San Antonio 7:00 PM ET
Utah @ Golden State 9:00 PM ET
Oklahoma City @ Phoenix 9:00 PM ET
New Orleans @ Portland 9:00 PM ET
   Tue 8Detroit @ Atlanta 7:30 PM ET
San Antonio @ Minnesota 8:00 PM ET
Brooklyn @ Miami 8:00 PM ET
Dallas @ Utah 9:00 PM ET
Oklahoma City @ Sacramento 10:00 PM ET
Houston @ L.A. Lakers 10:30 PM ET
   Wed 9Detroit @ Cleveland 7:00 PM ET
Brooklyn @ Orlando 7:00 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Toronto 7:00 PM ET
Charlotte @ Washington 7:00 PM ET
Boston @ Atlanta 7:30 PM ET
Miami @ Memphis 8:00 PM ET
Indiana @ Milwaukee 8:00 PM ET
Chicago @ Minnesota 8:00 PM ET
Phoenix @ New Orleans 8:00 PM ET
Houston @ Denver 9:00 PM ET
Sacramento @ Portland 10:00 PM ET
Oklahoma City @ L.A. Clippers 10:30 PM ET
   Thu 10San Antonio @ Dallas 8:00 PM ET
Denver @ Golden State 10:30 PM ET
   Fri 11Washington @ Orlando 7:00 PM ET
New York @ Toronto 7:00 PM ET
Charlotte @ Boston 7:30 PM ET
Atlanta @ Brooklyn 7:30 PM ET
Indiana @ Miami 7:30 PM ET
Detroit @ Chicago 8:00 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Memphis 8:00 PM ET
Houston @ Minnesota 8:00 PM ET
New Orleans @ Oklahoma City 8:00 PM ET
Cleveland @ Milwaukee 8:30 PM ET
Phoenix @ San Antonio 8:30 PM ET
Portland @ Utah 9:00 PM ET
Golden State @ L.A. Lakers 10:30 PM ET
   Sat 12Sacramento @ L.A. Clippers 3:30 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Charlotte 7:00 PM ET
Milwaukee @ Washington 7:00 PM ET
Miami @ Atlanta 7:30 PM ET
Boston @ Cleveland 7:30 PM ET
New Orleans @ Houston 8:00 PM ET
Phoenix @ Dallas 8:30 PM ET
Utah @ Denver 9:00 PM ET
   Sun 13Chicago @ New York 1:00 PM ET
Toronto @ Detroit 3:30 PM ET
Orlando @ Brooklyn 6:00 PM ET
Oklahoma City @ Indiana 6:00 PM ET
Golden State @ Portland 9:00 PM ET
Minnesota @ Sacramento 9:00 PM ET
Memphis @ L.A. Lakers 9:30 PM ET
   Mon 14Boston @ Philadelphia 7:00 PM ET
Milwaukee @ Toronto 7:00 PM ET
Miami @ Washington 7:00 PM ET
Charlotte @ Atlanta 7:30 PM ET
Orlando @ Chicago 8:00 PM ET
San Antonio @ Houston 8:00 PM ET
Oklahoma City @ New Orleans 8:00 PM ET
L.A. Lakers @ Utah 9:00 PM ET
Memphis @ Phoenix 10:00 PM ET
Minnesota @ Golden State 10:30 PM ET
   Tue 15New York @ Brooklyn 8:00 PM ET
Denver @ L.A. Clippers 10:30 PM ET
   Wed 16Dallas @ Memphis 8:00 PM ET
Atlanta @ Milwaukee 8:00 PM ET
Utah @ Minnesota 8:00 PM ET
Houston @ New Orleans 8:00 PM ET
Detroit @ Oklahoma City 8:00 PM ET
L.A. Lakers @ San Antonio 8:00 PM ET
Washington @ Boston 8:00 PM ET
Chicago @ Charlotte 8:00 PM ET
Brooklyn @ Cleveland 8:00 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Miami 8:00 PM ET
Toronto @ New York 8:00 PM ET
Indiana @ Orlando 8:00 PM ET
L.A. Clippers @ Portland 10:30 PM ET
Phoenix @ Sacramento 10:30 PM ET
Golden State @ Denver 10:30 PM ET

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2014 NBA Playoffs 

 

The TV schedule for the 2014 NBA Playoffs, which starts Saturday, April 19 on ESPN/ABC.

This year’s NBA Playoffs schedule is the same as usual, with a couple of major exceptions. First, the 2014 NBA Finals will switch to a 2-2-1-1-1 format this season, discarding the old 2-3-2 format that had been in use since 1985. As a result, the NBA is planning to schedule a two-day break between a potential Game 6 of the NBA Finals and Game 7. If the rest of the NBA Finals schedule is the same as in previous years, Game 7 would take place on Friday, June 20 — but that has not been confirmed.

Another change is due to the NFL Draft, which will take place two weeks later than usual this year. With ESPN airing first round coverage on Thursday, May 8, second round NBA playoff coverage is scheduled for ESPN2 that night. ESPN2 has not aired a second round game since 2003.

The postseason starts with an ESPN/ABC quadruple-header on Saturday, April 19. TNT begins coverage the following night. ESPN will air the 2014 Eastern Conference Finals starting Tuesday, May 20 (the series could begin on Sunday, May 18 on ABC if the second round ends early). TNT has the 2014 Western Conference Finals starting Wednesday, May 21 (the series could begin on Monday, May 19 if the second round ends early).

 

2014 NBA Playoffs TV Schedule

NBA TV will air several first round games
* Subject to change

 

Time (ET)GameNet
Saturday, April 19
3:00 PMFirst Round, Game 1ABC
5:30 PMFirst Round, Game 1ESPN
8:00 PMFirst Round, Game 1ESPN
10:30 PMFirst Round, Game 1ESPN
Sunday, April 20
3:30 PMFirst Round, Game 1ABC
5:30 PMFirst Round, Game 1TNT
8:00 PMFirst Round, Game 1TNT
10:30 PMFirst Round, Game 1TNT
Monday, April 21
8:00 PMFirst Round, Game 2TNT
10:30 PMFirst Round, Game 2TNT
Tuesday, April 22
8:00 PMFirst Round, Game 2TNT
10:30 PMFirst Round, Game 2TNT
Wednesday, April 23
7:00 PMFirst Round, Game 2 or 3TNT
9:30 PMFirst Round, Game 2 or 3TNT
Thursday, April 24
7:00 PMFirst Round, Game 3TNT
9:30 PMFirst Round, Game 3TNT
Friday, April 25
8:00 PMFirst Round, Game 3ESPN
10:30 PMFirst Round, Game 3ESPN
10:30 PMFirst Round, Game 3ESPN2
Saturday, April 26
2:00 PMFirst Round, Game 3 or 4TNT
4:30 PMFirst Round, Game 3 or 4TNT
8:00 PMFirst Round, Game 3 or 4ESPN
10:30 PMFirst Round, Game 3 or 4ESPN
Sunday, April 27
1:00 PMFirst Round, Game 4ABC
3:30 PMFirst Round, Game 4ABC
7:00 PMFirst Round, Game 4TNT
9:30 PMFirst Round, Game 4TNT
Monday, April 28
8:00 PMFirst Round, Game 5*TNT
10:30 PMFirst Round, Game 5*TNT
Tuesday, April 29
8:00 PMFirst Round, Game 5*TNT
10:30 PMFirst Round, Game 5*TNT
Wednesday, April 30
7:00 PMFirst Round, Game 5*TNT
9:30 PMFirst Round, Game 5*TNT
Thursday, May 1
7:00 PMFirst Round, Game 6*TNT
9:30 PMFirst Round, Game 6*TNT
Friday, May 2
7:00 PMFirst Round, Game 6*ESPN2
8:00 PMFirst Round, Game 6*ESPN
9:30 PMFirst Round, Game 6*ESPN2
10:30 PMFirst Round, Game 6*ESPN
Saturday, May 3
8:30 PMFirst Round, Game 7*TNT
TBAFirst Round, Game 7*TNT
TBAFirst Round, Game 7*TNT
TBAFirst Round, Game 7*TNT
Sunday, May 4
1:00 PMFirst Round, Game 7* (or Semifinals, Game 1)ABC
3:30 PMFirst Round, Game 7 (or Semifinals, Game 1)ABC
TBAFirst Round, Game 7*TNT
TBAFirst Round, Game 7TNT
Monday, May 5
8:00 PMSemifinals, Game 1TNT
10:30 PMSemifinals, Game 1TNT
Tuesday, May 6
8:00 PMSemifinals, Game 1TNT
10:30 PMSemifinals, Game 1TNT
Wednesday, May 7
7:00 PMSemifinals, Game 2TNT
9:30 PMSemifinals, Game 2TNT
Thursday, May 8
8:00 PMSemifinals, Game 2ESPN2
10:30 PMSemifinals, Game 2ESPN2
Friday, May 9
8:00 PMSemifinals, Game 3ESPN
10:30 PMSemifinals, Game 3ESPN
Saturday, May 10
8:15 PMSemifinals, Game 3ABC
10:30 PMSemifinals, Game 3ESPN
Sunday, May 11
3:30 PMSemifinals, Game 4ABC
8:00 PMSemifinals, Game 4TNT
Monday, May 12
8:00 PMSemifinals, Game 4TNT
10:30 PMSemifinals, Game 4TNT
Tuesday, May 13
8:00 PMSemifinals, Game 5*TNT
10:30 PMSemifinals, Game 5*TNT
Wednesday, May 14
7:00 PMSemifinals, Game 5*TNT
9:30 PMSemifinals, Game 5*TNT
Thursday, May 15
8:00 PMSemifinals, Game 6*ESPN
10:30 PMSemifinals, Game 6*ESPN
Friday, May 16
8:00 PMSemifinals, Game 6*ESPN
10:30 PMSemifinals, Game 6*ESPN
Sunday, May 18
3:30 PMSemifinals, Game 7* (or East Finals, Game 1)ABC
TBASemifinals, Game 7*TNT
TBASemifinals, Game 7*TNT
Monday, May 19
TBASemifinals, Game 7* (or West Finals, Game 1)TNT
Tuesday, May 20
8:00 PMNBA Draft LotteryESPN
8:30 PMEast Finals, Game 1ESPN
Wednesday, May 21
9:00 PMWest Finals, Game 1TNT
Thursday, May 22
8:30 PMEast Finals, Game 2ESPN
Friday, May 23
9:00 PMWest Finals, Game 2TNT
Saturday, May 24
8:30 PMEast Finals, Game 3ESPN
Sunday, May 25
9:00 PMWest Finals, Game 3TNT
Monday, May 26
8:30 PMEast Finals, Game 4ESPN
Tuesday, May 27
9:00 PMWest Finals, Game 4TNT
Wednesday, May 28
8:30 PMEast Finals, Game 5*ESPN
Thursday, May 29
9:00 PMWest Finals, Game 5*TNT
Friday, May 30
8:30 PMEast Finals, Game 6*ESPN
Saturday, May 31
9:00 PMWest Finals, Game 6*TNT
Sunday, June 1
8:30 PMEast Finals, Game 7*ESPN
Monday, June 2
9:00 PMWest Finals, Game 7*TNT
Thursday, June 5
9:00 PMNBA Finals, Game 1ABC
TBA (Likely Sunday, June 8)
8:00 PMNBA Finals, Game 2ABC
TBA (Likely Tuesday, June 10)
9:00 PMNBA Finals, Game 3ABC
TBA (likely Thursday, June 12)
9:00 PMNBA Finals, Game 4ABC
TBA (likely Sunday, June 15)
8:00 PMNBA Finals, Game 5*ABC
TBA (likely Tuesday, June 17)
9:00 PMNBA Finals, Game 6*ABC
TBA (possibly Friday, June 20)
9:00 PMNBA Finals, Game 7*ABC

 

 

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PGA Tour

 

The PGA Tour is the organizer of the main professional golf tours played primarily by men in the United States and North America. It organizes most of the events on the flagship annual series of tournaments also known as the PGA Tour, as well as the Champions Tour (for golfers age 50 and older) and the Web.com Tour (for professional players who have not yet qualified to play in the PGA Tour), as well as the PGA Tour Canada and PGA Tour Latinoamérica.

Originally established by the Professional Golfers’ Association of America, it was spun off in December 1968 into a separate organization for tour players, as opposed to club professionals, the focal members of today’s PGA of America. Originally the “Tournament Players Division,” it adopted the name “PGA Tour” in 1975 and runs most of the week-to-week professional golf events on the tournament known as the PGA Tour, including The Players Championship, hosted at the TPC at Sawgrass, the FedEx Cup, and the biennial Presidents Cup. The remaining events on the PGA Tour are run by different organizations, as are the U.S.-based LPGA Tour for women and the other men’s and women’s professional tours around the world.

 

PGA Tour Schedule – April ’14

 

APR 3 - 6Shell Houston Open GOLF, NBC,
Golf Club of Houston, Humble, TX
APR 10 - 13Masters Tournament CBS, ESPN
Augusta National GC, Augusta, GA
APR 17 - 20RBC Heritage CBS, GOLF
Harbour Town Golf Links, Hilton Head, SC
APR 24 - 27Zurich Classic of New Orleans CBS, GOLF
TPC Louisiana, Avondale, LA

 

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In the world of golf, the Masters is a traditional rite of spring featuring top golfers battling it out for the green jacket in the first major golf championship of the 2014 season, and with prize money worth over a million dollars. The Masters has the smallest field of the four major championships. Officially, the Masters remains an invitation event, but there is a set of qualifying criteria that determines who is included in the field.

 

There are multiple ways that golfers can qualify to receive an invitation to play in The Masters. In fact, there are 19 ways. In addition, The Masters Committee can, at its discretion, invite international players who did not meet any of the qualifying criteria below.
Who earns invitations to the 2013 Masters golf tournament? Here are 19 qualifying criteria:

 

  • Former winners of The Masters
  • Winners of the last five U.S. Opens
  • Winners of the last five British Opens
  • Winners of the last five PGA Championships
  • Winners of the last three Players Championships
  • Winner and runner-up from the last U.S. Amateur Championship
  • Winner of the last British Amateur Championship
  • Winner of the last Asian Amateur Championship
  • Winner of the last U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship
  • Winner of the last U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship
  • The top 16 finishers (including ties) from last year’s Masters tournament
  • The top 8 finishers (including ties), from last year’s U.S. Open
  • The top 4 finishers (including ties) from last year’s British Open
  • The top 4 finishers (including ties) from last year’s PGA Championship
  • The top 30 finishers on last year’s PGA Tour money list
  • Winners of PGA Tour events from the previous Masters through this year’s Masters, providing those tournaments award full FedEx Cup points (no opposite-field tournaments qualify)
  • All players who qualified for last year’s Tour Championship
  • The Top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking at the end of the previous year
  • The Top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking published in the week prior to this year’s Masters

 

Masters Tournament on TV and more

 

Audiences will be watching on TVs, laptops and smartphones this year when the historic 79th Masters Tournament airs live — from Thursday April ___ to Sunday, April ___, 2015 –from Augusta, Georgia on CBS Television and ESPN. If you can’t make it to a TV, watch the 2015 Masters Golf Tournament live from Augusta on CBSSports.com. Follow your favorite golfer at each hole, get live stats and check leaderboards.

 

 

DATETimeEVENTChannel
Wednesday, April 9, 20143 p.m.Par 3 ContestESPN, WatchESPN
Wednesday, April 9, 20145 p.m.SportsCenter at the MastersESPN, WatchESPN
Thursday, April 10, 20143 p.m.First Round (live)ESPN. ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN
Thursday, April 10, 20148 p.m.First Round (encore)ESPN, WatchESPN
Friday, April 11, 20143 p.m.Second Round (live)ESPN, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN
Friday, April 11, 20148 p.m.Second Round (encore)ESPN, WatchESPN

 

 

On CBS, live TV coverage of the third round will be broadcast on Saturday, April 12 (3:00-7:00 PM, ET) and live 18-hole final-round coverage will be presented on Sunday, April 13 (2:00-7:00 PM, ET).

 

Masters Links:

 

Masters Official Site

 

CBS Masters LIVE 

 

Masters.com LIVE

 

CBS Sports Website

 

Augusta.com

 

Course Tour

 

ESPN Championship Central

 

 

Augusta National Course Tours

 

 Augusta National Golf Club Flyover

 

 

EA Sports creates a fly-over view of the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga.

 

 

video:
Click here to go inside Augusta National’s Clubhouse

 

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NASCAR

 

 

NASCAR Schedule – April ’14

 

 

 APR 6FOXDuck Commander 500Preview
 3:16 pmTexas Motor SpeedwayTrack Details
Fort Worth, TX

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 APR 12FOXBojangles’ Southern 500Preview
 6:45 pmDarlington RacewayTrack Details
Darlington, SC

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 APR 26FOXToyota Owners 400Preview
 7:14 pmRichmond International RacewayTrack Details
Richmond, VA

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Professional Tennis

 

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) is the national governing body for the sport of tennis and the recognized leader in promoting and developing the sport’s growth on every level in the United States, from local communities to the crown jewel of the professional game, the US Open. Established in 1881, the USTA is a progressive and diverse not-for-profit organization whose volunteers, professional staff and financial resources support the singular mission.

The USTA is the largest tennis organization in the world, with 17 geographical sections, more than 770,000 individual members and 8,000 organizational members, thousands of volunteers and a professional staff dedicated to growing the game.

 

 

Professional Tennis Schedule – April ’14:

 

Men’s

04.04.2014
Davis Cup Quarter-finals 
Davis Cup
07.04.2014
Grand Prix Hassan II 
Casablanca, Morocco
07.04.2014
Fayez Sarofim & Co. US Men’s Clay Court Championship 
Houston, U.S.A.
13.04.2014
Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters 
Monte-Carlo, Monaco
21.04.2014
Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell 
Barcelona, Spain
21.04.2014
BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy 
Bucharest, Romania
28.04.2014
Portugal Open 
Oeiras, Portugal
28.04.2014
BMW Open by FWU AG 
Munich, Germany

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Women’s

Mar 31 – Apr 06, 2014
Charleston, Usa
Official Site
Mar 31 – Apr 06, 2014
Monterrey, Mexico
Official Site
Apr 07 – Apr 13, 2014
Katowice, Poland
Official Site
Apr 07 – Apr 13, 2014
Bogota, Colombia
Official Site
Apr 14 – Apr 20, 2014
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Official Site
Apr 21 – Apr 27, 2014
Marrakech, Morroco
Official Site
Apr 21 – Apr 27, 2014
Stuttgart, Germany
Official Site
Apr 28 – May 03, 2014
Oeiras, Portugal
Official Site

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The Boston Marathon

 

Inspired by the marathon at the first Olympic Games in 1896, the city of Boston held its first marathon the following year on April 18 to commemorate the famous 1775 ride of colonial patriot, Paul Revere.

This year, more than 20,000 runners from around the world will converge on Boston during marathon week, leading up to the 26-mile run at the historic 118th Boston Marathon beginning at 10 AM on Monday, April 21, 2014.

The Boston Marathon is run on Patriots’ Day every year, so many Bostonians know the holiday as “Marathon Monday”.

 

Patriots Day

Patriots’ Day is a civic holiday commemorating the anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord, the first battles of the American Revolutionary War. It is observed on the third Monday in April in Massachusetts and Maine.

The Boston Red Sox have traditionally been scheduled to play at home in Fenway Park on Patriots’ Day every year since 1959. Since 1968 the games have started early, in the morning, around 11:00 am. The early start to these games usually resulted in the game ending just as the marathon is heading through Kenmore Square. However, since 2007 the marathon has started between 9:30 am and 10:00 am, resulting in the racers going through Kenmore towards the middle of the Red Sox game.

 

The Boston Marathon course

One of the few remaining runs that maintains qualifying times & requirements, the Boston Marathon features an historic course starting on Main Street in rural Hopkinton – and winds its way through Ashland, Framingham, Natick, Wellesley – with an agonizing stretch up Newton’s Heartbreak Hill before finishing in Boston near the John Hancock Tower at Copley Square.

 

 

 

Other Links:

 

Boston Athletic Association - The official sponsor of the Boston Marathon with the latest results & updates, recent photos and galleries of pictures from marathons past, related fun facts, current registration details, info on the Half-Marathon, and marathon weekend event news..

 

Boston.com Marathon Coverage - Complete results with feature stories, stats and standings by category including men, women, seniors and wheelchair runners, plus a comprehensive course description in the Boston Marathon virtual tour.

 

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