April Sports ’16

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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 Syracuse?  lest than .5% of ALL ESPN brackets had this exact Final Four. 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 NRG Stadium  in Houston, Texas, Saturday, April 2nd and the Championship, Monday, April 4th. For the 14th time in 15 years, the No. 1 team at the end of the regular season will not be national champion.

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. A World Series rematch between the Mets and Royals highlights Major League Baseball’s opening day schedule on Sunday, April 3. The defending league champions will play in Kansas City at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball. The Pirates and Cardinals get things started earlier in the day, with first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m ET at Busch Stadium. The Rays will then play the Blue Jays at 4:05 p.m. ET at the Rodgers Centre.

Twenty-six remaining teams will open the season on April 4, while the Tigers and Marlins will start on April 5. 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 is the third year of this new format and it allows for the possibility that any given division could send as few as three teams to the playoffs, and as many as five. Six teams have clinched a playoff spot as the NHL season has two weeks left as teams jockey for playoff spots and the top spot in this week’s NHL power rankings.Click here for the complete schedule for the remaining games in April,

The 2015-16 NBA regular season is nearing its end. Roughly three weeks remain until the postseason begins, which has all 30 teams under some measure of pressure.
Many teams are valuing each and every game as a chance to improve their positioning in the pursuit of the postseason. A similar number of organizations are hoping to hold onto protected draft picks or improve their odds come the lottery. 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. Sixteen of the 30 league teams make the playoffs, eight from each conference. This produces 8 first round matchups. There are no first round byes. 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 2015 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 fans, don’t worry, we got you covered with info on each April Race, including track details and previews.

The ATP and the WTA have some interesting events in April with the biggest being the Miami Open, which has already kicked off. 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 119th Boston Marathon beginning at 10 AM on Monday, April 18th, 2016. 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 in 2013. 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

 

For the 14th time in 15 years, the No. 1 team at the end of the regular season will not be national champion.

Not three of the four No. 1 seeds. They dropped like leaves in October over the weekend, from Oregon to Kansas to Virginia.

Nobody from the two western time zones, for the eighth consecutive season.

No Big Ten team, for the first time in five years.

No John Calipari, Mike Krzyzewski or Tom Izzo, for only the second time in nine years.

Nobody from the state of Kentucky, for the first time in six years.

No Bill Self, which means he is now 2-6 in Elite Eights. Oh, if only regional championships could be accumulated like Big 12 titles.

But look at what will be in NRG Stadium come Saturday. Here are 15 reasons to like this Final Four.

1. The heart and soul of all four teams are seniors. It’s positively retro.

2. This is an AARP field of dreams. The average age of the four coaches is 63.25, with Villanova’s Jay Wright the kid – by nine years at 54.

3. In a season of upsets and nobody safe, there’s a chance for North Carolina to transform the narrative at the end, and be the juggernaut that nobody could touch. The numbers are piling up. The Tar Heels’ four NCAA tournament wins have come by 16, 19, 15 and 14 points. Their tournament scoring average is a field-flattening 89.25. And to review, all six season losses came by a total of 22 points. That’s the fewest in their first six defeats for North Carolina since 1941.

4. The Buddy Hield Show. See him score in the paint, from the wing, from the next area code. He’s now been over 30 points 12 times, which is more than the rest of the Big 12 combined, and his 29.3 tournament average is the highest to show up in the Final Four since Michigan’s Glen Rice in 1989.

Look how that turned out, by the way. Rice scored 28 and 31 as the Wolverines won the national championship. With Hield’s performance in LA, some were comparing him to Kobe Bryant. “I’m not Kobe Bryant,’’ he said. We’ll take his word for it.

5. The perfect boy-meets-dream story in Ryan Arcidiacono. He’s a Pennsylvania kid who grew up watching Villanova play. His parents met there as students. His mother lived in the same freshman dorm as the future wife of his coach, Jay Wright. “Him putting on a Villanova jersey is like a kid in Alabama putting on an Alabama football jersey,’’ Wright said. “He just lives it.’’

And now, on his last chance, he has led the Wildcats past their rap sheet as March early-exiters to the Final Four. And while we’re at it this week, we can count how many different ways Arcidiacono’s name is pronounced.

6. Jim Boeheim in Cinderella shoes at the age of 71. Or maybe not. George Mason, Syracuse ain’t. But there is something about the Orange’s road that makes it riveting. There was the awful ACC start and the fade at the finish of the regular season which had them on the NCAA tournament bubble. And then the refusal to lose here, when they trailed Gonzaga by nine points with 6:30 left and Virginia by 15 with 9:32 to go.

“This has been a very interesting year,’’ Cooney said. “We never give up. Never have this whole entire year. We went through a lot of ups and downs and everyone just stayed together, and good things happen when you stay together.’’

7. Barring mishap or chicken pox or something this week, it will be a continuation of what could be the most astounding statistic in college basketball this season; Oklahoma’s Hield, Isaiah Cousins, Ryan Spangler and Jordan Woodard starting their 105th consecutive game together. No injuries in three years, no transfers, no NBA detours, no time spent in the coach’s doghouse. Not even strep throat.

“I can’t imagine that ever being done,’’ Kruger said.

8. It’s a reminder that the Final Four and North Carolina go together like Oreos and milk. This will be No. 19. That’s more than Indiana and Louisville – two members of the game’s inner sanctum – have combined.

And while we’re at it, Roy Williams could win his third national championship, which would pass his mentor Dean Smith. The guess is Williams would have mixed feelings about that, but he’ll still cut down his share of the net, anyway.

9. We can take predictions on which minute Syracuse will trot out the press that has saved its collective Orange peels the past two games. Take Sunday. Gbinije related Boeheim’s instructions in the second half, when Syracuse was nearly finished.

“Gamble a little bit. Just try anything,’’ he said. “When you’re down that much you can only go up at that point. We were playing with house money. There was no pressure at that point, we just wanted to go out swinging.’’

10. The last time Lon Kruger coached in the Final Four, there was no Google, Twitter or GPS. That was 1994 with Florida. The 22-year break between Final Fours is the second longest ever, behind Ray Meyer’s 36 years at DePaul.

11. Oklahoma could become first-time champion, and we haven’t had one of those since Florida in 2006.

12. The magic of Villanova in 1985 will be revisited (and won’t Georgetown enjoy that again?)

13. Oklahoma’s Khadeem Lattin will go home to play the Final Four in Houston, and could join his grandfather as a national champion. David Lattin’s title came with extra historical sizzle, not to mention a movie. He was a starter for the 1966 Texas Western team of “Glory Road’’ fame.

14. We can find out if Syracuse’s Tyler Lydon plans to take all his shots this week with both shoes on. After he lost a sneaker late in the first half Sunday, he proceeded to make the first 3-pointer of the game for the Orange in his left sock. Virginia should have suspected strange forces were at play right there.

15. Saturday will give us not one rematch, but two. It’s a long time since Dec. 7, and a long way from Pearl Harbor, so the prediction is Oklahoma vs. Villanova won’t be decided by a 23-point Sooners’ win again. Meanwhile, North Carolina beat Syracuse 84-73 during the Orange’s first swoon and 75-70 during their second.

 

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2016 NCAA Men’s Division I

Basketball Championship Game

 

 Monday – April 4, 2016, Time TBD

 

 

Links:

 

ncaa.com/final-four

March Madness – NCAA.com - The official site for ticket information, the latest updates, scores, ranking and related pictures, videos, and feature stories, interviews and more.

NCAA Basketball – CBS Sports - The official network TV station with headline reports & predictions, opinion and news, plus the latest scores at a glance and key dates for major games.

Rivals.com Yahoo! NCAA College Basketball - Check out all the stats, brackets, news and analysis with a few extras that may help with your bracket selections… or help you understand why your teams did – or didn’t – come through for you. Experts, blogs and videos for in depth looks at the teams, coaches and players…

NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship - Wikipedia’s excellent overview of March Madness with tons of stats, facts and incredible depth of trivia answers.

 

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 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

 

 

MLB OPENING DAY

 

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.

A World Series rematch between the Mets and Royals highlights Major League Baseball’s opening day schedule on Sunday, April 3. The defending league champions will play in Kansas City at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball.

The Pirates and Cardinals get things started earlier in the day, with first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m ET at Busch Stadium. The Rays will then play the Blue Jays at 4:05 p.m. ET at the Rodgers Centre.

Twenty-six remaining teams will open the season on April 4, while the Tigers and Marlins will start on April 5.
When is opening day 2016?

 

Opening day schedule for all 30 MLB teams (all times ET):

Arizona Diamondbacks: vs. Colorado Rockies, Monday, April 4, 8:40 p.m.

Atlanta Braves: vs. Washington Nationals, Monday, April 4, TBD

Baltimore Orioles : vs. Minnesota Twins, Monday, April 4, 3:05 p.m.

Boston Red Sox : @ Cleveland Indians, Monday, April 4, TBD | Home opener: vs. Baltimore Orioles, Monday, April 11, 2:05 p.m.

Chicago Cubs : @ Los Angeles Angels, Monday, April 4, 10:05 p.m. | Home opener: vs. Cincinnati Reds, Monday, April 11, 8:05 p.m.

Chicago White Sox : @ Oakland Athletics, Monday, April 4, 10:05 p.m. | Home opener: vs. Cleveland Indians, Friday, April 8, TBD.

Cincinnati Reds: vs. Philadelphia Phillies, Monday, April 4, 4:10 p.m.

Cleveland Indians : vs. Boston Red Sox, Monday, April 4, TBD.

Colorado Rockies : @ Arizona Diamondbacks, Monday, April 4, 9:40 p.m. | Home opener: vs. San Diego Padres, Friday, April 8, 4:10 p.m.

Detroit Tigers : @ Miami Marlins, Tuesday, April 5, TBD. | Home opener: vs. New York Yankees, Friday, April 8, 1:08 p.m.

Houston Astros : @ New York Yankees, Monday, April 4, 1:05 p.m. | Home opener: vs. Kansas City Royals, Monday, April 11, TBD.

Kansas City Royals : vs. New York Mets, Sunday, April 3, 8:35 p.m.

Los Angeles Angels : vs. Chicago Cubs, Monday, April 4, 10:05 p.m.

Los Angeles Dodgers : @ San Diego Padres, Monday, April 4, 7:05 p.m. | Home opener: vs. Arizona Diamondbacks, Tuesday, April 12, 4:10 p.m.

Miami Marlins: vs. Detroit Tigers, Tuesday, April 5, TBD.

Milwaukee Brewers: vs. San Francisco Giants, Monday, April 4, 2:10 p.m.

Minnesota Twins: @ Baltimore Orioles, Monday, April 4, 3:05 p.m. | Home opener: vs. Chicago White Sox, Monday, April 11, 4:10 p.m.

New York Mets : @ Kansas City Royals, Sunday, April 3, 8:35 p.m. | Home opener: vs. Philadelphia Phillies, Friday, April 8, 1:10 p.m.

New York Yankees : vs. Houston Astros, Monday, April 4, 1:05 p.m.

Oakland Athletics : vs. Chicago White Sox, Monday, April 4, 10:05 p.m.

Philadelphia Phillies : @ Cincinnati Reds, Monday, April 4, 4:10 p.m. | Home opener: vs. San Diego Padres, Monday, April 11, 3:05 p.m.

Pittsburgh Pirates : vs. St. Louis Cardinals, Sunday, April 3, 1:05 p.m.

St. Louis Cardinals : @ Pittsburgh Pirates, Sunday, April 3, 1:05 p.m. | Home opener: vs. Milwaukee Brewers, Monday, April 11, 4:15 p.m.

San Diego Padres : vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, Monday, April 4, 7:05 p.m.

San Francisco Giants : @ Milwaukee Brewers, Monday, April 4, 2:10 p.m. | Home opener: vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, Thursday, April 7, 4:35 p.m.

Seattle Mariners : @ Texas Rangers, Monday, April 4, 4:05 p.m. | Home opener: vs. Oakland Athletics, Friday, April 8, 10:10 p.m.

Tampa Bay Rays: vs. Toronto Blue Jays, Sunday, April 3, 4:05 p.m.

Texas Rangers: vs. Seattle Marines, Monday, April 4, 4:05 p.m.

Toronto Blue Jays : @ Tampa Bay Rays, Sunday, April 3, 4:05 p.m. | Home opener: vs. Boston Red Sox, Friday, April 8, 7:07 p.m.

Washington Nationals : @ Atlanta Braves, Monday, April 4, TBD. | Home opener: vs. Miami Marlins, Thursday, April 7, TBD.

 

MLB TV Schedule – APR ’16:

DateTimeAwayHomeTV
Fri, Apr 12:10 PMMilwaukee BrewersHouston AstrosMLBN
Fri, Apr 17:05 PMBoston Red SoxToronto Blue JaysMLBN
Fri, Apr 110:15 PMOakland AthleticsSan Francisco GiantsMLBN
Sat, Apr 21:05 PMBoston Red SoxToronto Blue JaysMLBN
Sat, Apr 24:05 PMSan Francisco GiantsOakland AthleticsMLBN
Sat, Apr 29:05 PMLos Angeles DodgersLos Angeles AngelsMLBN
Sun, Apr 31:05 PMSt. Louis CardinalsPittsburgh PiratesESPN
Sun, Apr 34:05 PMToronto Blue JaysTampa Bay RaysESPN2
Sun, Apr 38:37 PMNew York MetsKansas City RoyalsESPN
Mon, Apr 44:05 PMSeattle MarinersTexas RangersESPN
Mon, Apr 47:05 PMLos Angeles DodgersSan Diego PadresESPN
Mon, Apr 410:05 PMChicago CubsLos Angeles AngelsESPN2
Tue, Apr 54:15 PMNew York MetsKansas City RoyalsMLBN
Tue, Apr 57:10 PMDetroit TigersMiami MarlinsMLBN
Wed, Apr 62:05 PMSeattle MarinersTexas RangersMLBN
Wed, Apr 67:10 PMPhiladelphia PhilliesCincinnati RedsESPN2
Wed, Apr 610:05 PMChicago White SoxOakland AthleticsESPN2
Thu, Apr 74:05 PMHouston AstrosNew York YankeesMLBN
Thu, Apr 77:05 PMMinnesota TwinsBaltimore OriolesMLBN
Thu, Apr 710:05 PMTexas RangersLos Angeles AngelsFS1
Fri, Apr 81:10 PMPhiladelphia PhilliesNew York MetsMLBN
Fri, Apr 87:07 PMBoston Red SoxToronto Blue JaysMLBN
Sat, Apr 91:10 PMNew York YankeesDetroit TigersMLBN
Sat, Apr 94:05 PMLos Angeles DodgersSan Francisco GiantsFS1
Sat, Apr 97:10 PMPhiladelphia PhilliesNew York MetsMLBN
Sat, Apr 99:05 PMTexas RangersLos Angeles AngelsMLBN
Sun, Apr 101:07 PMBoston Red SoxToronto Blue JaysMLBN
Sun, Apr 108:10 PMNew York YankeesDetroit TigersESPN
Mon, Apr 111:10 PMPittsburgh PiratesDetroit TigersMLBN
Mon, Apr 114:15 PMMilwaukee BrewersSt. Louis CardinalsMLBN
Mon, Apr 117:10 PMMiami MarlinsNew York MetsESPN
Tue, Apr 124:10 PMArizona DiamondbacksLos Angeles DodgersMLBN
Tue, Apr 128:10 PMKansas City RoyalsHouston AstrosMLBN
Wed, Apr 131:10 PMMiami MarlinsNew York MetsMLBN
Thu, Apr 1412:35 PMDetroit TigersPittsburgh PiratesMLBN
Thu, Apr 147:07 PMNew York YankeesToronto Blue JaysMLBN
Fri, Apr 152:20 PMColorado RockiesChicago CubsMLBN
Fri, Apr 1510:10 PMSan Francisco GiantsLos Angeles DodgersMLBN
Sat, Apr 161:05 PMSeattle MarinersNew York YankeesMLBN
Sat, Apr 164:05 PMToronto Blue JaysBoston Red SoxFS1
Sat, Apr 167:10 PMAtlanta BravesMiami MarlinsFS1
Sat, Apr 169:10 PMSan Francisco GiantsLos Angeles DodgersMLBN
Sun, Apr 172:10 PMDetroit TigersHouston AstrosMLBN
Sun, Apr 178:05 PMSan Francisco GiantsLos Angeles DodgersESPN
Mon, Apr 1811:05 AMToronto Blue JaysBoston Red SoxMLBN
Tue, Apr 191:10 PMMilwaukee BrewersMinnesota TwinsMLBN
Tue, Apr 198:15 PMChicago CubsSt. Louis CardinalsMLBN
Wed, Apr 201:45 PMChicago CubsSt. Louis CardinalsMLBN
Thu, Apr 2112:10 PMLos Angeles DodgersAtlanta BravesMLBN
Thu, Apr 218:05 PMHouston AstrosTexas RangersMLBN
Fri, Apr 228:10 PMBoston Red SoxHouston AstrosMLBN
Sat, Apr 231:05 PMTampa Bay RaysNew York YankeesMLBN
Sat, Apr 234:05 PMBoston Red SoxHouston AstrosFS1
Sat, Apr 237:15 PMBaltimore OriolesKansas City RoyalsMLBN
Sat, Apr 239:05 PMMiami MarlinsSan Francisco GiantsMLBN
Sun, Apr 241:10 PMCleveland IndiansDetroit TigersMLBN
Sun, Apr 248:05 PMBoston Red SoxHouston AstrosESPN
Tue, Apr 267:10 PMCincinnati RedsNew York MetsMLBN
Tue, Apr 269:40 PMSt. Louis CardinalsArizona DiamondbacksFS1
Wed, Apr 273:45 PMSan Diego PadresSan Francisco GiantsMLBN
Thu, Apr 281:10 PMOakland AthleticsDetroit TigersMLBN
Thu, Apr 287:10 PMAtlanta BravesBoston Red SoxMLBN
Thu, Apr 2810:10 PMMiami MarlinsLos Angeles DodgersMLBN
Fri, Apr 297:10 PMNew York YankeesBoston Red SoxMLBN
Sat, Apr 302:15 PMWashington NationalsSt. Louis CardinalsMLBN
Sat, Apr 304:05 PMSan Francisco GiantsNew York MetsFS1
Sat, Apr 307:10 PMNew York YankeesBoston Red SoxMLBN

 

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MLB FULL Schedule – APR ’16:

 

AprilGameGame Time
   Sun 3St. Louis @ Pittsburgh1:05 PM ET
Toronto @ Tampa Bay4:05 PM ET
NY Mets @ Kansas City8:37 PM ET
   Mon 4Houston @ NY Yankees1:05 PM ET
San Francisco @ Milwaukee2:10 PM ET
Minnesota @ Baltimore3:05 PM ET
Seattle @ Texas4:05 PM ET
Washington @ Atlanta4:10 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Cincinnati4:10 PM ET
Boston @ Cleveland4:10 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ San Diego7:05 PM ET
Toronto @ Tampa Bay7:10 PM ET
Colorado @ Arizona9:40 PM ET
Chi. White Sox @ Oakland10:05 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ LA Angels10:05 PM ET
   Tue 5NY Mets @ Kansas City4:15 PM ET
St. Louis @ Pittsburgh7:05 PM ET
Detroit @ Miami7:10 PM ET
Toronto @ Tampa Bay7:10 PM ET
Seattle @ Texas8:05 PM ET
San Francisco @ Milwaukee8:10 PM ET
Colorado @ Arizona9:40 PM ET
Chi. White Sox @ Oakland10:05 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ LA Angels10:05 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ San Diego10:10 PM ET
   Wed 6Toronto @ Tampa Bay1:10 PM ET
San Francisco @ Milwaukee1:40 PM ET
Seattle @ Texas2:05 PM ET
Colorado @ Arizona3:40 PM ET
Detroit @ Miami4:55 PM ET
Boston @ Cleveland6:10 PM ET
Minnesota @ Baltimore7:05 PM ET
Houston @ NY Yankees7:05 PM ET
St. Louis @ Pittsburgh7:05 PM ET
Washington @ Atlanta7:10 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Cincinnati7:10 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ San Diego9:10 PM ET
Chi. White Sox @ Oakland10:05 PM ET
   Thu 7Philadelphia @ Cincinnati12:35 PM ET
Chi. White Sox @ Oakland3:35 PM ET
Houston @ NY Yankees4:05 PM ET
Miami @ Washington4:05 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ San Francisco4:35 PM ET
Boston @ Cleveland6:10 PM ET
Minnesota @ Baltimore7:05 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ Arizona9:40 PM ET
Texas @ LA Angels10:05 PM ET
   Fri 8NY Yankees @ Detroit1:10 PM ET
Philadelphia @ NY Mets1:10 PM ET
San Diego @ Colorado4:10 PM ET
Cleveland @ Chi. White Sox4:10 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ Baltimore7:05 PM ET
Boston @ Toronto7:07 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Cincinnati7:10 PM ET
St. Louis @ Atlanta7:35 PM ET
Houston @ Milwaukee8:10 PM ET
Minnesota @ Kansas City8:15 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ Arizona9:40 PM ET
Texas @ LA Angels10:05 PM ET
Oakland @ Seattle10:10 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ San Francisco10:15 PM ET
   Sat 9Boston @ Toronto1:07 PM ET
NY Yankees @ Detroit1:10 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Cincinnati1:10 PM ET
Cleveland @ Chi. White Sox2:10 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ San Francisco4:05 PM ET
Miami @ Washington4:05 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ Baltimore7:05 PM ET
Houston @ Milwaukee7:10 PM ET
Philadelphia @ NY Mets7:10 PM ET
St. Louis @ Atlanta7:10 PM ET
Minnesota @ Kansas City7:15 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ Arizona8:10 PM ET
San Diego @ Colorado8:10 PM ET
Texas @ LA Angels9:05 PM ET
Oakland @ Seattle9:10 PM ET
   Sun 10Boston @ Toronto1:07 PM ET
Philadelphia @ NY Mets1:10 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Cincinnati1:10 PM ET
Miami @ Washington1:35 PM ET
St. Louis @ Atlanta1:35 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ Baltimore1:35 PM ET
Cleveland @ Chi. White Sox2:10 PM ET
Houston @ Milwaukee2:10 PM ET
Minnesota @ Kansas City2:15 PM ET
Texas @ LA Angels3:35 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ San Francisco4:05 PM ET
San Diego @ Colorado4:10 PM ET
Oakland @ Seattle4:10 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ Arizona4:10 PM ET
NY Yankees @ Detroit8:10 PM ET
   Mon 11Pittsburgh @ Detroit1:10 PM ET
Baltimore @ Boston2:05 PM ET
San Diego @ Philadelphia3:05 PM ET
Chi. White Sox @ Minnesota4:10 PM ET
Milwaukee @ St. Louis4:15 PM ET
Atlanta @ Washington7:05 PM ET
Miami @ NY Mets7:10 PM ET
Cincinnati @ Chi. Cubs8:05 PM ET
Kansas City @ Houston8:10 PM ET
LA Angels @ Oakland10:05 PM ET
Texas @ Seattle10:10 PM ET
   Tue 12Pittsburgh @ Detroit1:10 PM ET
Arizona @ LA Dodgers4:10 PM ET
Atlanta @ Washington7:05 PM ET
San Diego @ Philadelphia7:05 PM ET
NY Yankees @ Toronto7:07 PM ET
Cleveland @ Tampa Bay7:10 PM ET
Baltimore @ Boston7:10 PM ET
Miami @ NY Mets7:10 PM ET
Kansas City @ Houston8:10 PM ET
San Francisco @ Colorado8:40 PM ET
LA Angels @ Oakland10:05 PM ET
Texas @ Seattle10:10 PM ET
   Wed 13Miami @ NY Mets1:10 PM ET
LA Angels @ Oakland3:35 PM ET
Texas @ Seattle3:40 PM ET
Atlanta @ Washington7:05 PM ET
Detroit @ Pittsburgh7:05 PM ET
San Diego @ Philadelphia7:05 PM ET
NY Yankees @ Toronto7:07 PM ET
Baltimore @ Boston7:10 PM ET
Cleveland @ Tampa Bay7:10 PM ET
Cincinnati @ Chi. Cubs8:05 PM ET
Chi. White Sox @ Minnesota8:10 PM ET
Kansas City @ Houston8:10 PM ET
Milwaukee @ St. Louis8:15 PM ET
San Francisco @ Colorado8:40 PM ET
Arizona @ LA Dodgers10:10 PM ET
   Thu 14Detroit @ Pittsburgh12:35 PM ET
San Diego @ Philadelphia1:05 PM ET
Chi. White Sox @ Minnesota1:10 PM ET
Cleveland @ Tampa Bay1:10 PM ET
Milwaukee @ St. Louis1:45 PM ET
San Francisco @ Colorado3:10 PM ET
Atlanta @ Washington4:05 PM ET
NY Yankees @ Toronto7:07 PM ET
Baltimore @ Texas8:05 PM ET
Cincinnati @ Chi. Cubs8:05 PM ET
Kansas City @ Houston8:10 PM ET
Arizona @ LA Dodgers10:10 PM ET
   Fri 15Colorado @ Chi. Cubs2:20 PM ET
Milwaukee @ Pittsburgh7:05 PM ET
Seattle @ NY Yankees7:05 PM ET
Washington @ Philadelphia7:05 PM ET
Toronto @ Boston7:10 PM ET
NY Mets @ Cleveland7:10 PM ET
Chi. White Sox @ Tampa Bay7:10 PM ET
Atlanta @ Miami7:10 PM ET
Baltimore @ Texas8:05 PM ET
LA Angels @ Minnesota8:10 PM ET
Detroit @ Houston8:10 PM ET
Cincinnati @ St. Louis8:15 PM ET
Kansas City @ Oakland10:05 PM ET
San Francisco @ LA Dodgers10:10 PM ET
Arizona @ San Diego10:40 PM ET
   Sat 16Seattle @ NY Yankees1:05 PM ET
LA Angels @ Minnesota2:10 PM ET
Cincinnati @ St. Louis2:15 PM ET
Colorado @ Chi. Cubs2:20 PM ET
Kansas City @ Oakland4:05 PM ET
Toronto @ Boston4:05 PM ET
NY Mets @ Cleveland4:10 PM ET
Chi. White Sox @ Tampa Bay6:10 PM ET
Milwaukee @ Pittsburgh7:05 PM ET
Washington @ Philadelphia7:05 PM ET
Atlanta @ Miami7:10 PM ET
Detroit @ Houston7:10 PM ET
Baltimore @ Texas8:05 PM ET
Arizona @ San Diego8:40 PM ET
San Francisco @ LA Dodgers9:10 PM ET
   Sun 17Seattle @ NY Yankees1:05 PM ET
Chi. White Sox @ Tampa Bay1:10 PM ET
NY Mets @ Cleveland1:10 PM ET
Atlanta @ Miami1:10 PM ET
Milwaukee @ Pittsburgh1:35 PM ET
Toronto @ Boston1:35 PM ET
Washington @ Philadelphia1:35 PM ET
LA Angels @ Minnesota2:10 PM ET
Detroit @ Houston2:10 PM ET
Cincinnati @ St. Louis2:15 PM ET
Colorado @ Chi. Cubs2:20 PM ET
Baltimore @ Texas3:05 PM ET
Kansas City @ Oakland4:05 PM ET
Arizona @ San Diego4:40 PM ET
San Francisco @ LA Dodgers8:05 PM ET
   Mon 18Toronto @ Boston11:05 AM ET
NY Mets @ Philadelphia7:05 PM ET
Washington @ Miami7:10 PM ET
Colorado @ Cincinnati7:10 PM ET
Milwaukee @ Minnesota8:10 PM ET
LA Angels @ Chi. White Sox8:10 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ St. Louis8:15 PM ET
Arizona @ San Francisco10:15 PM ET
   Tue 19Milwaukee @ Minnesota1:10 PM ET
Seattle @ Cleveland6:10 PM ET
Toronto @ Baltimore7:05 PM ET
Oakland @ NY Yankees7:05 PM ET
NY Mets @ Philadelphia7:05 PM ET
Washington @ Miami7:10 PM ET
Colorado @ Cincinnati7:10 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ Atlanta7:10 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ Boston7:10 PM ET
Detroit @ Kansas City7:15 PM ET
Houston @ Texas8:05 PM ET
LA Angels @ Chi. White Sox8:10 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ St. Louis8:15 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ San Diego10:10 PM ET
Arizona @ San Francisco10:15 PM ET
   Wed 20Colorado @ Cincinnati12:35 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ St. Louis1:45 PM ET
LA Angels @ Chi. White Sox2:10 PM ET
Seattle @ Cleveland6:10 PM ET
Toronto @ Baltimore7:05 PM ET
Oakland @ NY Yankees7:05 PM ET
NY Mets @ Philadelphia7:05 PM ET
Washington @ Miami7:10 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ Atlanta7:10 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ Boston7:10 PM ET
Detroit @ Kansas City7:15 PM ET
Houston @ Texas8:05 PM ET
Minnesota @ Milwaukee8:10 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ San Diego10:10 PM ET
Arizona @ San Francisco10:15 PM ET
   Thu 21LA Dodgers @ Atlanta12:10 PM ET
Seattle @ Cleveland12:10 PM ET
Washington @ Miami1:10 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ Boston1:35 PM ET
Minnesota @ Milwaukee1:40 PM ET
LA Angels @ Chi. White Sox2:10 PM ET
Arizona @ San Francisco3:45 PM ET
Toronto @ Baltimore7:05 PM ET
Oakland @ NY Yankees7:05 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ Cincinnati7:10 PM ET
Detroit @ Kansas City7:15 PM ET
Houston @ Texas8:05 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ San Diego9:10 PM ET
   Fri 22Tampa Bay @ NY Yankees7:05 PM ET
Minnesota @ Washington7:05 PM ET
Oakland @ Toronto7:07 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ Cincinnati7:10 PM ET
Cleveland @ Detroit7:10 PM ET
NY Mets @ Atlanta7:35 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Milwaukee8:10 PM ET
Texas @ Chi. White Sox8:10 PM ET
Boston @ Houston8:10 PM ET
Baltimore @ Kansas City8:15 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ Colorado8:40 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Arizona9:40 PM ET
Seattle @ LA Angels10:05 PM ET
Miami @ San Francisco10:15 PM ET
St. Louis @ San Diego10:40 PM ET
   Sat 23Minnesota @ Washington1:05 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ NY Yankees1:05 PM ET
Oakland @ Toronto1:07 PM ET
Cleveland @ Detroit1:10 PM ET
Texas @ Chi. White Sox2:10 PM ET
Boston @ Houston4:05 PM ET
NY Mets @ Atlanta7:10 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ Cincinnati7:10 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Milwaukee7:10 PM ET
Baltimore @ Kansas City7:15 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ Colorado8:10 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Arizona8:10 PM ET
St. Louis @ San Diego8:40 PM ET
Miami @ San Francisco9:05 PM ET
Seattle @ LA Angels9:05 PM ET
   Sun 24Tampa Bay @ NY Yankees1:05 PM ET
Oakland @ Toronto1:07 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ Cincinnati1:10 PM ET
Cleveland @ Detroit1:10 PM ET
NY Mets @ Atlanta1:35 PM ET
Minnesota @ Washington1:35 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Milwaukee2:10 PM ET
Texas @ Chi. White Sox2:10 PM ET
Baltimore @ Kansas City2:15 PM ET
Seattle @ LA Angels3:35 PM ET
Miami @ San Francisco4:05 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ Colorado4:10 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Arizona4:10 PM ET
St. Louis @ San Diego4:40 PM ET
Boston @ Houston8:05 PM ET
   Mon 25Chi. White Sox @ Toronto7:07 PM ET
Boston @ Atlanta7:10 PM ET
Baltimore @ Tampa Bay7:10 PM ET
Oakland @ Detroit7:10 PM ET
Cincinnati @ NY Mets7:10 PM ET
NY Yankees @ Texas8:05 PM ET
Cleveland @ Minnesota8:10 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Colorado8:40 PM ET
St. Louis @ Arizona9:40 PM ET
Kansas City @ LA Angels10:05 PM ET
Houston @ Seattle10:10 PM ET
Miami @ LA Dodgers10:10 PM ET
San Diego @ San Francisco10:15 PM ET
   Tue 26Philadelphia @ Washington7:05 PM ET
Chi. White Sox @ Toronto7:07 PM ET
Baltimore @ Tampa Bay7:10 PM ET
Boston @ Atlanta7:10 PM ET
Oakland @ Detroit7:10 PM ET
Cincinnati @ NY Mets7:10 PM ET
Milwaukee @ Chi. Cubs8:05 PM ET
NY Yankees @ Texas8:05 PM ET
Cleveland @ Minnesota8:10 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Colorado8:40 PM ET
St. Louis @ Arizona9:40 PM ET
Kansas City @ LA Angels10:05 PM ET
Houston @ Seattle10:10 PM ET
Miami @ LA Dodgers10:10 PM ET
San Diego @ San Francisco10:15 PM ET
   Wed 27San Diego @ San Francisco3:45 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Washington7:05 PM ET
Chi. White Sox @ Toronto7:07 PM ET
Atlanta @ Boston7:10 PM ET
Baltimore @ Tampa Bay7:10 PM ET
Oakland @ Detroit7:10 PM ET
Cincinnati @ NY Mets7:10 PM ET
Milwaukee @ Chi. Cubs8:05 PM ET
NY Yankees @ Texas8:05 PM ET
Cleveland @ Minnesota8:10 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Colorado8:40 PM ET
St. Louis @ Arizona9:40 PM ET
Kansas City @ LA Angels10:05 PM ET
Houston @ Seattle10:10 PM ET
Miami @ LA Dodgers10:10 PM ET
   Thu 28Oakland @ Detroit1:10 PM ET
Milwaukee @ Chi. Cubs2:20 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Colorado3:10 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Washington4:05 PM ET
Chi. White Sox @ Baltimore7:05 PM ET
Atlanta @ Boston7:10 PM ET
St. Louis @ Arizona9:40 PM ET
Miami @ LA Dodgers10:10 PM ET
   Fri 29Atlanta @ Chi. Cubs2:20 PM ET
Cincinnati @ Pittsburgh7:05 PM ET
Chi. White Sox @ Baltimore7:05 PM ET
Cleveland @ Philadelphia7:05 PM ET
NY Yankees @ Boston7:10 PM ET
San Francisco @ NY Mets7:10 PM ET
Toronto @ Tampa Bay7:10 PM ET
LA Angels @ Texas8:05 PM ET
Detroit @ Minnesota8:10 PM ET
Miami @ Milwaukee8:10 PM ET
Washington @ St. Louis8:15 PM ET
Colorado @ Arizona9:40 PM ET
Houston @ Oakland10:05 PM ET
Kansas City @ Seattle10:10 PM ET
San Diego @ LA Dodgers10:10 PM ET
   Sat 30Detroit @ Minnesota2:10 PM ET
Washington @ St. Louis2:15 PM ET
Atlanta @ Chi. Cubs2:20 PM ET
San Francisco @ NY Mets4:05 PM ET
Houston @ Oakland4:05 PM ET
Toronto @ Tampa Bay6:10 PM ET
Cincinnati @ Pittsburgh7:05 PM ET
Chi. White Sox @ Baltimore7:05 PM ET
Cleveland @ Philadelphia7:05 PM ET
NY Yankees @ Boston7:10 PM ET
Miami @ Milwaukee7:10 PM ET
LA Angels @ Texas8:05 PM ET
Colorado @ Arizona8:10 PM ET
San Diego @ LA Dodgers9:10 PM ET
Kansas City @ Seattle9:10 PM ET

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 LINKS:

 

Today’s Schedule

Probable Pitchers

Player News

MLB Scoreboard – The Score

MLB Transactions

MLB Trade Rumors

ESPN HR Tracker

Fangraphs M*A*S*H Report

MLB Injury Calendar

 

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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

  1. Washington
  2. Dallas
  3. St. Louis
  4. Anaheim
  5. Pittsburgh
  6. Los Angeles
  7. Chicago
  8. NY Rangers
  9. Tampa Bay
  10. Florida

 

NHL Wednesday Night Rivalry – APR’16:

April 6 – Philadelphia vs Detroit 8 p.m.

 

 

NHL FULL Schedule – APR ’16:

AprilGameGame Time
   Fri 1Minnesota @ Detroit7:30 PM ET
Boston @ St. Louis8:00 PM ET
Chicago @ Winnipeg8:00 PM ET
Washington @ Colorado9:00 PM ET
Vancouver @ Anaheim10:00 PM ET
   Sat 2Pittsburgh @ NY Islanders1:00 PM ET
Ottawa @ Philadelphia1:00 PM ET
Dallas @ Los Angeles4:00 PM ET
Detroit @ Toronto7:00 PM ET
New Jersey @ Tampa Bay7:00 PM ET
Montreal @ Florida7:00 PM ET
Buffalo @ NY Rangers7:00 PM ET
Columbus @ Carolina7:00 PM ET
San Jose @ Nashville8:00 PM ET
Calgary @ Edmonton10:00 PM ET
Washington @ Arizona10:00 PM ET
   Sun 3Boston @ Chicago12:30 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Pittsburgh5:00 PM ET
Minnesota @ Winnipeg8:00 PM ET
St. Louis @ Colorado8:00 PM ET
Dallas @ Anaheim9:00 PM ET
   Mon 4Tampa Bay @ NY Islanders7:00 PM ET
NY Rangers @ Columbus7:00 PM ET
Florida @ Toronto7:30 PM ET
Arizona @ St. Louis8:00 PM ET
Los Angeles @ Vancouver10:00 PM ET
   Tue 5Carolina @ Boston7:00 PM ET
Buffalo @ New Jersey7:00 PM ET
NY Islanders @ Washington7:00 PM ET
Florida @ Montreal7:30 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Ottawa7:30 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ NY Rangers7:30 PM ET
Colorado @ Nashville8:00 PM ET
San Jose @ Minnesota8:00 PM ET
Arizona @ Chicago8:30 PM ET
Los Angeles @ Calgary9:00 PM ET
Winnipeg @ Anaheim10:00 PM ET
   Wed 6Columbus @ Toronto7:00 PM ET
Vancouver @ Edmonton7:00 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Detroit8:00 PM ET
   Thu 7Detroit @ Boston7:00 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ New Jersey7:00 PM ET
NY Islanders @ NY Rangers7:00 PM ET
Toronto @ Philadelphia7:00 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Washington7:00 PM ET
Montreal @ Carolina7:00 PM ET
Florida @ Ottawa7:30 PM ET
Arizona @ Nashville8:00 PM ET
St. Louis @ Chicago8:30 PM ET
Colorado @ Dallas8:30 PM ET
Vancouver @ Calgary9:00 PM ET
Anaheim @ Los Angeles10:30 PM ET
Winnipeg @ San Jose10:30 PM ET
   Fri 8Columbus @ Buffalo7:00 PM ET
   Sat 9Ottawa @ Boston12:30 PM ET
Detroit @ NY Rangers12:30 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Philadelphia3:00 PM ET
Anaheim @ Colorado5:30 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ Montreal7:00 PM ET
Carolina @ Florida7:00 PM ET
Toronto @ New Jersey7:00 PM ET
Chicago @ Columbus7:00 PM ET
Calgary @ Minnesota7:00 PM ET
Buffalo @ NY Islanders7:30 PM ET
Washington @ St. Louis8:00 PM ET
Nashville @ Dallas8:00 PM ET
Edmonton @ Vancouver10:00 PM ET
Winnipeg @ Los Angeles10:00 PM ET
Arizona @ San Jose10:30 PM ET
   Sun 10Philadelphia @ NY Islanders7:00 PM ET
Anaheim @ Washington7:30 PM ET

 

 

 LINKS:

 

thehockeynews.com

sportsoverdose.com/nhl

hockey-reference.com/

sports.yahoo.com/nhl/

http://espn.go.com/nhl/powerrankings

 

 

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STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS

The ultimate quest for the Holy Grail of hockey, the Stanley Cup is under way as the NHL season kicked off in October, leading up to the final game on April 11 2015 with the Stanley Cup playoffs slated to begin on Wednesday, April 15.

As it did last year, NBC will also continue to make the entire Stanley Cup Playoffs available live and online.

Sixteen of the 30 league teams make the playoffs, eight from each conference. Per conference, the top three finishers of both divisions and two wildcard teams make the playoffs. This produces 8 first round matchups. There are no first round byes.

The format of the NHL Playoffs for all 4 rounds is best 4 out of 7 (HHAAHAH). As of this posting, the schedule has yet to be determined.

 

 LINKS: 

 

wiki – Stanley_Cup_playoffs

espn.go.com/nhl/playoffs/matchups

sbnation.com/nhl-playoffs

nhl playoffs bracket

reddit.com – nhl

 

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 NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

 

  1. Golden State
  2. San Antonio
  3. Toronto
  4. Cleveland
  5. Atlanta
  6. Oklahoma City
  7. Miami
  8. Los Angeles
  9. Charlotte
  10. Boston

 

ON

NBA on TV Schedule – APR ’16:

Apr. 1, 8:00 p.m. ET Cleveland @ Atlanta ESPN
Apr. 1, 10:30 p.m. ET Boston @ Golden State ESPN
Apr. 3, 3:30 p.m. ET Oklahoma City @ Houston ABC
Apr. 5, 8:00 p.m. ET Chicago @ Memphis TNT
Apr. 5, 10:30 p.m. ET L.A. Lakers @ L.A. Clippers TNT
Apr. 6, 7:00 p.m. ET Cleveland @ Indiana ESPN
Apr. 6, 9:30 p.m. ET Houston @ Dallas ESPN
Apr. 7, 8:00 p.m. ET Chicago @ Miami TNT
Apr. 7, 10:30 p.m. ET San Antonio @ Golden State TNT
Apr. 9, 8:30 p.m. ET Cleveland @ Chicago ABC
Apr. 12, 8:00 p.m. ET Oklahoma City @ San Antonio TNT
Apr. 12, 10:30 p.m. ET Memphis @ L.A. Clippers TNT
Apr. 13, 8:00 p.m. ET Orlando @ Charlotte ESPN
Apr. 13, 10:30 p.m. ET Utah @ L.A. Lakers ESPN

 

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NBA FULL Schedule – APR ’16:

AprilGameGame Time
   Fri 1Philadelphia @ Charlotte7:00 PM ET
Dallas @ Detroit7:30 PM ET
Brooklyn @ New York7:30 PM ET
Cleveland @ Atlanta8:00 PM ET
Toronto @ Memphis8:00 PM ET
Orlando @ Milwaukee8:00 PM ET
Minnesota @ Utah9:00 PM ET
Miami @ Sacramento10:00 PM ET
Boston @ Golden State10:30 PM ET
Washington @ Phoenix10:30 PM ET
   Sat 2Indiana @ Philadelphia7:30 PM ET
Detroit @ Chicago8:00 PM ET
Toronto @ San Antonio8:30 PM ET
Sacramento @ Denver9:00 PM ET
Miami @ Portland10:00 PM ET
   Sun 3New Orleans @ Brooklyn1:00 PM ET
Charlotte @ Cleveland3:30 PM ET
Oklahoma City @ Houston3:30 PM ET
Dallas @ Minnesota3:30 PM ET
Washington @ L.A. Clippers3:30 PM ET
Memphis @ Orlando6:00 PM ET
Utah @ Phoenix6:00 PM ET
Chicago @ Milwaukee7:00 PM ET
Indiana @ New York7:30 PM ET
Portland @ Golden State8:00 PM ET
Boston @ L.A. Lakers9:30 PM ET
   Tue 5New Orleans @ Philadelphia7:00 PM ET
Detroit @ Miami7:30 PM ET
Charlotte @ Toronto7:30 PM ET
Phoenix @ Atlanta8:00 PM ET
Chicago @ Memphis8:00 PM ET
Cleveland @ Milwaukee8:00 PM ET
Oklahoma City @ Denver9:00 PM ET
San Antonio @ Utah9:00 PM ET
Portland @ Sacramento10:00 PM ET
Minnesota @ Golden State10:30 PM ET
L.A. Lakers @ L.A. Clippers10:30 PM ET
   Wed 6Cleveland @ Indiana7:00 PM ET
Detroit @ Orlando7:00 PM ET
Brooklyn @ Washington7:00 PM ET
New Orleans @ Boston7:30 PM ET
Charlotte @ New York7:30 PM ET
Houston @ Dallas9:30 PM ET
Oklahoma City @ Portland10:00 PM ET
L.A. Clippers @ L.A. Lakers10:30 PM ET
   Thu 7Toronto @ Atlanta8:00 PM ET
Chicago @ Miami8:00 PM ET
Phoenix @ Houston8:00 PM ET
Minnesota @ Sacramento10:00 PM ET
San Antonio @ Golden State10:30 PM ET
   Fri 8Brooklyn @ Charlotte7:00 PM ET
Miami @ Orlando7:00 PM ET
New York @ Philadelphia7:00 PM ET
Milwaukee @ Boston7:30 PM ET
Washington @ Detroit7:30 PM ET
Indiana @ Toronto7:30 PM ET
L.A. Lakers @ New Orleans8:00 PM ET
Memphis @ Dallas8:30 PM ET
San Antonio @ Denver9:00 PM ET
L.A. Clippers @ Utah9:00 PM ET
   Sat 9Phoenix @ New Orleans7:00 PM ET
Boston @ Atlanta7:30 PM ET
Golden State @ Memphis8:00 PM ET
Cleveland @ Chicago8:30 PM ET
Minnesota @ Portland10:30 PM ET
Oklahoma City @ Sacramento10:30 PM ET
   Sun 10Charlotte @ Washington12:00 PM ET
L.A. Lakers @ Houston3:30 PM ET
Dallas @ L.A. Clippers3:30 PM ET
Milwaukee @ Philadelphia5:00 PM ET
Utah @ Denver5:00 PM ET
Brooklyn @ Indiana6:00 PM ET
Orlando @ Miami6:00 PM ET
Golden State @ San Antonio7:00 PM ET
Toronto @ New York7:30 PM ET
   Mon 11Atlanta @ Cleveland7:00 PM ET
Milwaukee @ Orlando7:00 PM ET
Charlotte @ Boston7:30 PM ET
Washington @ Brooklyn7:30 PM ET
Houston @ Minnesota8:00 PM ET
Chicago @ New Orleans8:00 PM ET
L.A. Lakers @ Oklahoma City8:00 PM ET
Dallas @ Utah9:00 PM ET
Sacramento @ Phoenix10:00 PM ET
   Tue 12New York @ Indiana7:00 PM ET
Miami @ Detroit7:30 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Toronto7:30 PM ET
Oklahoma City @ San Antonio8:00 PM ET
Memphis @ L.A. Clippers10:30 PM ET
   Wed 13Miami @ Boston8:00 PM ET
Toronto @ Brooklyn8:00 PM ET
Orlando @ Charlotte8:00 PM ET
Detroit @ Cleveland8:00 PM ET
Atlanta @ Washington8:00 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Chicago8:00 PM ET
San Antonio @ Dallas8:00 PM ET
Sacramento @ Houston8:00 PM ET
Indiana @ Milwaukee8:00 PM ET
New Orleans @ Minnesota8:00 PM ET
Memphis @ Golden State10:30 PM ET
Utah @ L.A. Lakers10:30 PM ET
L.A. Clippers @ Phoenix10:30 PM ET
Denver @ Portland10:30 PM ET

 

 LINKS:

 

thescore.com/nba/news

allball.blogs.nba.com

nba-ball-dont-lie

sbnation.com/nba

basketballinsiders.com

ballislife.com/category/nba

lastwordonsports.com/category/basketball

cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball

hangtime.blogs.nba.com/

 

The playoffs start on April 16th and will conclude with the 2016 NBA Finals starting June 2nd. As of this posting, the schedule has yet to be determined.

 

 

NBA Playoffs Links:

ESPN Playoffs Matchups

NBA.com Playoff Picture

Yahoo Sports – NBA Playoffs

SportsWorldReport – NBA Playoffs

wikipedia.org – 2016_NBA_Playoffs

sbnation.com – nba-playoff-picture-2016-tiebreakers-standings

nbaplayoffsbracket.com 

nbascoreslive.com – playoff-schedule-2015-2016

 

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Here is the schedule of golf events for the PGA of America and all the major tours for April’16 with links:

 

Mar. 31-April 3

PGA Tour: Shell Houston Open

http://www.shellhoustonopen.com/

Golf Club of Houston (Tournament Course)

Humble, Texas

 

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Mar. 31-Apr. 3

LPGA Tour: ANA Inspiration

http://www.anainspiration.com/

Rancho Mirage, Calif.

 

April 1-3

Champions Tour: Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic

http://www.2016mgrc.com/

Fallen Oak

Biloxi, Miss.

 

April 7-10

PGA Tour: Masters Tournament

http://www.masters.com/en_US/

Augusta National Golf Club

Augusta, Ga.

 

April 14-17

PGA Tour: RBC Heritage

http://www.rbcheritage.com/

Harbour Town Golf Links

Hilton Head Island, S.C.

 

Apr. 14-17

European Tour: Spanish Open

http://www.opendegolf.es/

TBC

Spain

 

Apr. 14-16 (Saturday finish)

LPGA Tour: Lotte Championship

http://www.lottechampionship.com/

Oahu, Hawaii

 

Apr. 15-17

Champions Tour: Mitsubishi Electric Classic

http://mitsubishielectricclassic.com/

TPC Sugarloaf

Duluth, Ga.

 

April 21-24

PGA Tour: Valero Texas Open

http://valerotexasopen.com/

TPC San Antonio (AT&T Oaks Course)

San Antonio, Texas

 

Apr. 21-24

European Tour: Shenzhen International

http://www.europeantour.com/europeantour/season=2016/tournamentid=2016030/index.html

Genzon Golf Club

Shenzhen, China

 

Apr. 21-24

LPGA Tour: Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic

http://www.swingingskirtslpgaclassic.com/

San Francisco, Calif.

 

April 22-24

Champions Tour: Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf

http://bassprolegends.com/

Top of the Rock and Buffalo Ridge Springs Course

Ridgedale, Mo.

 

April 28-May 1

PGA Tour: Zurich Classic of New Orleans

http://zurichgolfclassic.com/

TPC Louisiana

New Orleans, La.

 

Apr. 28-May 1

European Tour: Volvo China Open

http://volvochinaopen.com/en

TBC

China

 

Apr. 29-May 1

LPGA Tour: Volunteers of America Texas Shootout

http://ntshootout.com/

Irving, Texas

 

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MASTERS TOURNAMENT

 

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 2015 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 2016 Field

 

Jason Day continued his dominance this spring with victory in the Dell Match Play, regaining the world’s No. 1 ranking and cementing his position as the leading candidate to be fitted with a green jacket in less than two weeks. But even more thrilled after Austin was Spain’s Rafael Cabrera-Bello, whose third-place finish guaranteed him a spot in the current top 50 in the Official World Golf Rankings, assuring him of a Masters invitation.
Just one more spot is available. If the winner of this week’s Shell Houston Open hasn’t already been invited to Augusta National, a victory on Sunday would get them into this year’s Masters field.
Here is the field as it stands right now. The number in parentheses indicates the category or categories in which each player earned his spot:

CATEGORY 1: Masters Tournament Champions
Angel Cabrera (1), Argentina
Fred Couples (1)
Trevor Immelman, (1), South Africa
Zach Johnson (1, 3, 16)
Bernhard Langer (1), Germany
Sandy Lyle (1), Scotland
Phil Mickelson (1)
Larry Mize (1)
Mark O’Meara (1)
Jose Maria Olazabal (1), Spain (will not play because of health reasons)
Charl Schwartzel (1), South Africa
Adam Scott (1, 12), Australia
Vijay Singh (1), Fiji
Jordan Spieth (1, 2, 13, 14, 15, 16)
Bubba Watson (1, 15, 16)
Mike Weir (1), Canada
Tiger Woods (1, 5)
Ian Woosnam (1), Wales

CATEGORY 2: U.S. Open champions (Five-year exemption)
Rory McIlroy (2, 3, 4, 11, 15, 16), Northern Ireland
Webb Simpson (2)
Justin Rose (2, 11, 14, 15, 16), England
Martin Kaymer (2, 5), Germany

CATEGORY 3: British Open Champions (Five-year exemption)
Darren Clarke (3), Northern Ireland
Ernie Els (3), South Africa

CATEGORY 4: PGA Champions (Five-year exemption)
Keegan Bradley (4, 13)
Jason Dufner (4)
Jason Day (4, 13, 15, 16), Australia

CATEGORY 5: Players Championship Winners (Three-year exemption)
Rickie Fowler (5, 11, 16)

CATEGORY 6: Current U.S. Amateur champion and runner-up
Bryson DeChambeau
Derek Bard

CATEGORY 7: Current British Amateur Champion
Romain Langasque (7), France

CATEGORY 8: Current Asia-Pacific Amateur Champion
Jin Cheng (8), China

CATEGORY 9: Current Latin America Amateur Champion
Paul Chaplet (9), Costa Rica

CATEGORY 10: Current U.S. Mid-Amateur Champion
Sammy Schmitz (10)

CATEGORY 11: First 12 players (including ties) in previous year’s Masters
Paul Casey (11, 16), England
Bill Haas (11, 16)
Charley Hoffman (11, 16)
Dustin Johnson (11, 12, 16)
Hunter Mahan (11)
Hideki Matsuyama (11, 16), Japan
Ryan Moore (11)
Kevin Na (11, 16)
Ian Poulter (11), England
Kevin Streelman (11)

CATEGORY 12: First 4 players not otherwise eligible (including ties) in previous year’s U.S. Open
Cameron Smith (12), Australia
Louis Oosthuizen (12, 13, 16), South Africa
Branden Grace (12, 14), South Africa

CATEGORY 13: First 4 players not otherwise eligible (including ties) in previous year’s British Open
Marc Leishman (13), Australia

CATEGORY 14: First 4 players not otherwise eligible (including ties) in previous year’s PGA Championship
No additional qualifiers

CATEGORY 15: Winners of non-opposite PGA Tour events from previous Masters to current Masters
Steven Bowditch (15, 16), Australia
Jim Furyk (15, 16) (will not play because of wrist surgery)
Fabian Gomez (15), Argentina
Emiliano Grillo (15), Argentina
Smylie Kaufman (15)
Chris Kirk (15)
Russell Knox (15), Scotland
Danny Lee (15, 16), New Zealand
David Lingmerth (15), Sweden
Davis Love III (15)
Shane Lowry (15), Ireland
Graeme McDowell (15), Northern Ireland
Troy Merritt (15)
Vaughn Taylor (15)
Justin Thomas (15)

CATEGORY 16: Qualifiers for previous year’s season-ending Tour Championship
Sang-moon Bae (16), South Korea (will not play due to military service)
Daniel Berger (16)
Harris English (16)
J.B. Holmes (16)
Kevin Kisner (16)
Brooks Koepka (16)
Matt Kuchar (16)
Scott Piercy (16)
Patrick Reed (16)
Brandt Snedeker (16)
Henrik Stenson (16), Sweden
Robert Streb (16)
Jimmy Walker (16)

CATEGORY 17: Top 50 on final Official World Golf Ranking for previous calendar year
Byeong-hun An (17), South Korea
Kiradech Aphibarnrat (17), Thailand
Jamie Donaldson (17), Wales
Victor Dubuisson (17), France
Matthew Fitzpatrick (17), England
Sergio Garcia (17), Spain
Billy Horschel (17)
Thongchai Jaidee (17), Thailand
Soren Kjeldsen (17), Denmark
Anirban Lahiri (17), India
Andy Sullivan (17), England
Lee Westwood (17), England
Bernd Wiesberger (17), Austria
Danny Willett (17), England
Chris Wood (17), England

CATEGORY 18: Top 50 on Official World Golf Ranking published week prior to current Masters
Rafael Cabrera-Bello (18), Spain

 

on TV

 

 

 

- MON April 4 – Practice Round

 

Live TV coverage of the Masters driving range show, Masters on the Range, from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM EDT.

 

- TUE April 5 – Practice Round

 

Live TV coverage of the Masters driving range show, Masters on the Range, from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM EDT.

 

 

- WED April 6 – Practice Round/ PAR 3 CONTEST

 

Live TV coverage of the Masters driving range show, Masters on the Range, from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM EDT.

 

Live TV coverage of the Par 3 Contest from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM EDT.

 

 

- THUR April 7 – ROUND 1

 


Live TV coverage of the Masters driving range show, Masters on the Range, from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM EDT.

 


Live TV coverage of Tournament play from 3:00 PM to 7:30 PM EDT. ESPN Replay from 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM EDT.

 


Highlights Show on CBS from 11:30 PM to 11:45 PM EDT.

 

 

- FRI April 8 – ROUND 2

 


Live TV coverage of the Masters driving range show, Masters on the Range, from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM EDT.

 


Live TV coverage of Tournament play from 3:00 PM to 7:30 PM EDT. ESPN Replay from 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM EDT.

 


Highlights Show on CBS from 11:30 PM to 11:45 PM EDT.

 

 

- SAT April 9 – ROUND 3

 

 


Live TV coverage of the Masters driving range show, Masters on the Range, from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM EDT.

 


Live TV coverage of Tournament play from 3:00 PM to 7:30 PM EDT.

 

- SUN April 10 – ROUND 4

 

 


Live TV coverage of the Masters driving range show, Masters on the Range, from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM EDT.

 


Live TV coverage of Tournament play from 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM EDT.

Masters Links:

 

CBS Sports.com – 2016 Masters

CBS Sports.com – 2016 Masters Schedule

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

 

 

Here is the NASCAR Race Schedule – APRIL’16:

 

 

STP 500

SUNDAY, APR. 03 / 1:00 PM ET
MARTINSVILLE SPEEDWAY

 

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DUCK COMMANDER 500

SATURDAY, APR. 09 / 7:30 PM ET
TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY

 

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FOOD CITY 500

SUNDAY, APR. 17 / 1:00 PM ET
BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY

 

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TOYOTA OWNERS 400

SUNDAY, APR. 24 / 1:00 PM ET
RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY

 

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PRO TENNIS

 

Here is the FULL Professional Tennis Schedule – April ’16:

 

March 23 – April 3, 2016

Miami Open (Men & Women) Miami, Florida, USA

April 4 – 10, 2016

Fayez Sarofim & Co. US Men’s Clay Court Championship (Men) Houston, TX, USA

Grand Prix Hassan II (Men) Casablanca, Morocco

Katowice Open (Women) Katowice, Poland

Volvo Car Open (Women) Charleston, SC, USA

April 10 – 17, 2016

Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters (Men) Monte-Carlo, Monaco

Claro Open Colsanitas (Women) Bogata, Columbia

April 16 – 17, 2016

Fed Cup World Group Semifinals (Women’s)
France vs Netherlands @ France
Switzerland vs Czech Republic @ Switzerland

April 18 – 24, 2016

Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell (Men) Barcelona, Spain

BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy (Men) Bucharest, Romania

Porsche Tennis Grand Prix (Women) Stuttgart, Germany

TEB BNP Istanbul Cup (Women) Istanbul, Turkey

April 25 – May 1, 2016

TEB BNP Istanbul Open (Men) Istanbul, Turkey

BMW Open (Men) Munich, Germany

Millennium Estoril Open (Men) Estoril, Portugal

Grand Prix de SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem (Women) Marrakech, Morocco

J&T Banka Prague Open (Women) Prague, Czech Republic

 

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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 120th Boston Marathon beginning at 10 AM on Monday, April 18, 2016

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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