PGA Championship, Preakness Stakes, NBA-NHL Playoffs Top Weekend Sports Schedule

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PGA Championship, Preakness Stakes, NBA-NHL Playoffs Top Weekend Sports Schedule

Jordan Spieth plays the sixth hole in the final practice round during Wednesday’s PGA Championship at the Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla. Photo by Kyle Rivas/UPI | license photo

MIAMI, May 20 (UPI) — The second golf major of the PGA Tour season, the NBA Conference Finals and the NHL’s Stanley Cup Playoffs headline the weekend’s sports schedule. Auto and horse racing, football and baseball games also fill the list.

Boxing and UFC title fights as well as the kick-off of the 2022 French Open tennis Grand Slam tournament will also take place this weekend.

But the 2022 Golf PGA Championship, the Preakness Stakes, and the hockey and basketball playoff games will most likely draw the most attention.

The PGA Championship kicked off Thursday and runs through Sunday at the Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla.

PGA Championship

A field of 156 players descended on the Southern Hills Championship Course Thursday morning to compete for a $2.16 million first-place prize and the Wanamaker Trophy of the PGA Championship.

Scottie Scheffler, the number 1 in the official world golf rankings, and number 2 Jon Rham are favorites to win the four-day tournament.

The second round will air Friday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. EDT on ESPN. The third and fourth rounds will air Saturday and Sunday, respectively, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on ESPN and from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on CBS.

No. 9 Justin Thomas, No. 7 Rory McIlroy, No. 8 Jordan Spieth are among the other top five favorites to win the title.

Collin Morikawa No. 3, Cameron Smith No. 4, Patrick Cantlay No. 5, Dustin Johnson No. 12, Viktor Hovland No. 6 and Xander Schauffele No. 10 are also expected to compete at Southern Hills.

Preakness Bets

The 2022 Preakness Stakes, the second leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown, will be held at Baltimore’s Pimlico Race Course on Saturday.

Kentucky Derby runner-up Epicenter is the favorite to win the 1 3/16 mile event. Rick Dawson, the owner of Derby winner Rich Strike, declined to enter the colt in the Preakness so the horse would have more time to rest and recover for the June 11 Belmont Stakes.

Early Voting, Secret Oath, Simplification, and Creative Minister are among the other favorites to win the Preakness.

Early coverage of the Preakness will air from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. EDT on CNBC. Coverage will then shift from Pimlico to NBC from 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The race is expected to start at 7:01 p.m

NBA playoffs

The NBA Eastern Conference and Western Conference Finals began this week and will continue next week to determine which two teams will meet in the 2022 NBA Finals.

The Golden State Warriors host the Dallas Mavericks in Game 2 of their best-of-seven Western Conference series Friday at 9:00 p.m. EDT at the Chase Center in San Francisco. The game will be broadcast on TNT.

Stephen Curry scored a game-high 21 points Wednesday at the Chase Center to lead the Warriors to a 112-87 win in Game 1 of the series.

Game 3 of the Warriors-Mavericks series takes place in Dallas on Sunday at 9 p.m. This game will also be broadcast on TNT.

The Boston Celtics will host the Miami Heat in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals Saturday at 8:30 p.m. on ABC. Game 4 of this series will air Monday in Boston and will be broadcast on the same network.

The NBA Finals are scheduled to begin on June 2nd.

Weekend schedule (all times EDT)

Friday

golf

PGA Championship: Second Round from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on ESPN

Soccer

La Liga: Levante at Rayo Vallecano at 3pm on ESPN+

La Liga: Real Betis vs Real Madrid at 3pm on ESPN+

MLB

Cardinals at Pirates at 6:30 p.m. on Apple TV+

Rangers at Astros at 8 p.m. on Apple TV+

Stanley Cup Playoffs

Game 2: Rangers at Hurricanes at 8 p.m. on ESPN

Game 2: Oilers at Flames at 10:30 p.m. on ESPN

NASCAR

Truck Series SpeedyCash.com 220 at 8:30 p.m. on FS1

NBA playoffs

Game 2: Mavericks at Warriors at 9 p.m. on TNT

Saturday

golf

PGA Championship: Third Round 10am-1pm on ESPN; from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on CBS

NASCAR

Xfinity Series SRS Distribution 250 at 1:30 p.m. on FS1

horse race

Preakness Stakes: Early Coverage 2-4pm on CNBC; Main coverage from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on NBC

Soccer

Serie A: Juventus vs Fiorentina at 14:45 on beIN Sports

Ligue 1: Metz at PSG at 3pm on beIN Sports

MLS: LAFC in Columbus at 3:30 p.m. on TUDN and Twitter

MLS: Toronto at DC United at 4 p.m. on ESPN+

MLS: New England in Cincinnati at 6 p.m. on ESPN+

MLS: Atlanta in Nashville at 7:30 p.m. on Fox

MLB

Braves at Padres at 4pm on FS1

Stanley Cup Playoffs

Game 3: Avalanche at Blues at 8 p.m. on TNT

NBA playoffs

Game 3: Heat at Celtics at 8:30 p.m. on ABC

UFC on ESPN+

Eryk Anders vs Park Jun-yong at 7pm

Polyana Viana vs. Tabatha Ricci after the first fight

Chidi Njokuani vs. Dusko Todrovic after second fight

Santiago Ponzinibbio vs. Michael Pereira after the third fight

Holly Holm vs. Keteln Vieira after the fourth fight

boxes

Main Event: Janibek Alimkhanuly vs. Danny Dignum at 10 p.m. on ESPN+

Main Event: David Benavidez vs. David Lemieux at midnight on Showtime

Sunday

tennis

French Open: First round from 5am to 3pm on Tennis Channel; from 1 p.m. to 45 p.m. on NBC/Peacock

formula 1

Spanish Grand Prix at 9am on ESPN2

golf

PGA Championship: Final Round 10am-1pm on ESPN; from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on CBS

Soccer

Premier League: Everton at Arsenal at 11am on Peacock

Premier League: Watford at Chelsea at 11am on Peacock

Premier League: Manchester United at Crystal Palace at 11am on Peacock

Premier League: Wolves in Liverpool at 11am on Peacock

Premier League: Aston Villa at Manchester City at 11am on Peacock

Premier League: Tottenham Hotspur in Norwich at 11am on Peacock

Serie A: Sampdoria at Inter Milan at noon on beIN Sports

La Liga: Atletico vs Real Sociedad at 4pm on ESPN+

La Liga: Villarreal in Barcelona at 4pm on ESPN+

MLS: Salt Lake in Montreal at 4 p.m. on ESPN+

MLS: Vancouver in Charlotte at 5 p.m. on ESPN+

MLS: Chicago at NYCFC at 5 p.m. on ESPN+

MLS: New York Red Bulls in Miami at 6 p.m. on ESPN+

MLS: Minnesota in Dallas at 7 p.m. on ESPN+

MLS: Kansas City in San Jose at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN+

MLS: Orlando in Austin at 8 p.m. on ESPN+

MLS: Seattle, Colorado at 8 p.m. on ESPN+

MLS: Houston at Los Angeles Galaxy at 8 p.m. on ESPN+

MLS: Philadelphia in Portland at 10pm on FS1

MLB

Cardinals at Pirates at 11:30 am on Peacock

Athletics at Angels at 4 p.m. on FS1

White Sox at Yankees at 7 p.m. on ESPN

Stanley Cup Playoffs

Game 3: Panthers at Lightning at 1:30 p.m. on TNT

Game 3: Hurricanes at Rangers at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN

Game 3: Flames at Oilers at 8 p.m. on ESPN2

NASCAR

Cup Series All-Star Races at 8pm on FS1

NBA playoffs

Game 3: Warriors at Mavericks at 9 p.m. on TNT

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