SAN DIEGO, May 25, 2013 – If watching sports on TV is your idea of an ideal long holiday weekend, things don’t get much better than Memorial Day weekend. It’s got a lot more to offer than just the Indy 500.
ABC is the home of all things Indianapolis 500, “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” It begins live with pre-race programming at 6:15 a.m. ET on Sunday, May 26.
The racing action on Fox is all about NASCAR, with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Coca-Cola 500 at 12 noon ET on Sunday. Three time winner Jimmie Johnson will go after a fourth victory.
One of the four grand slams in tennis begins Sunday, the French Open. ESPN2 will show 50 hours of coverage.
The Stanley Cup playoffs continue all three days. NBA conference finals are played on Saturday, Sunday and Monday as well.
Fight fans have world championship boxing action from London’s O2 Arena as Britain’s Carl Froch fights in front of a hometown crowd against Danish fighter Mikkel Kessler in a super middleweight unification bout. Kessler handed Froch his only loss three years ago.
Throw in the PGA Tour, UEFA League soccer final, and NCAA sports, and you might barely have time to refresh your drinks. Here’s our handy schedule of the weekend’s sports highlights by day.
SATURDAY, MAY 25 (All times Eastern)
PGA Tour Golf: Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, GOLF Channel
Track and Field: Adidas Grand Prix, NBC
UEFA Champions League Soccer, Russia Dortmund vs. Bayern Munich, FOX
NASCAR Racing, Nationwide Series History 300, Charlotte Motor Speedway, ABC
PGA Tour Golf: Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, Third Round, CBS
Champions Tour Golf, Senior PGA Championship, Third Round, NBC
LPGA Tour Golf, Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic, Third Round, GOLF Channel
Major League Baseball, Chicago Cubs at Cincinnati Reds, WGN
NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, New York Rangers at Boston Bruins, Eastern Conference semifinal Game 5, NBC Sports Network (cable)
World Championship Boxing, Froch vs. Kessler, HBO
Major League Baseball, Game TBA, FOX
NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, Detroit Red Wings at Chicago Black Hawks, Western Conference semifinal Game 5, NBC
UFC 160 Prelims live from Las Vegas, FX Network (cable)
NBA Playoffs, San Antonio Spurs at Memphis Grizzlies, Western Conference finals Game 3, ESPN
SUNDAY, MAY 26 (All times Eastern)
French Open tennis, early rounds, Tennis Channel
Formula One Auto Racing, Monaco Grand Prix, NBC
Golf, BMW PGA Championship, Golf Channel
Formula One Auto Racing, Monaco Grand Prix, NBC Sports (cable)
Auto Racing: The 97th Indianapolis 500, ABC
French Open tennis, early rounds, NBC
Major League Baseball, New York Yankees at Tampa Bay Rays, TBS
Major League Baseball, Florida Marlins vs. Chicago White Sox, WGN
PGA Tour Golf: Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, FInal Round, CBS
Champions Tour Golf, Senior PGA Championship, FInal Round, NBC
LPGA Tour Golf, Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic, FInal Round, GOLF Channel
MLS Soccer, Sporting Kansas City vs. Houston Dynamo, Soccer Channel (cable)
NASCAR, Sprint Cup, Concord, North Carolina, Fox
NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, Conference semifinal game, Los Angeles Kings vs. San Jose Sharks, NBC Sports Network (cable)
Major League Baseball, Atlanta Braves at New York Mets, ESPN
NBA Playoff, Miami Heat vs. Indiana Pacers, TBS
Major League Soccer, Los Angeles Galaxy at Seattle Sounders FC, ESPN2
MONDAY, MAY 27 (All times Eastern)
French Open tennis, early rounds, ESPN2
WNBA Basketball, Washington Mystics at Tulsa Shock, ESPN2
WNBA Basketball, Chicago Sky at Phoenix Mercury, ESPN2
Major League Baseball, Chicago Cubs at Chicago White Sox, WGN
NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, Conference semifinal game, Boston Bruins at New York Rangers, TSN (Canada)
NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, Conference semifinal game, Chicago Black Hawks at Detroit Red Wings, CBC (Canada)
WWE, Monday Night Raw, TBS
NBA Playoffs, San Antonio Spurs at Memphis Grizzlies, Western Conference finals Game 4, ESPN
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