Stanley Cup Finals, College World Series, NASCAR Top Weekend Sports Program

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Stanley Cup Finals, College World Series, NASCAR Top Weekend Sports Program

Nathan MacKinnon and the Colorado Avalanche need one more win in their Stanley Cup Finals series with the Tampa Bay Lightning to clinch the title. File Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI | license photo

MIAMI, June 24 (UPI) — The 2022 Stanley Cup Finals, College World Series Finals and a trio of NASCAR races are the focus of sporting events that will be televised this weekend. Dozens of matches from international women’s soccer, as well as MLS and MLB are also broadcast.

Several boxing title fights also take place from Friday to Sunday.

But the NHL’s Frozen Floor Finals will be the main event of the weekend. The Colorado Avalanche leads the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-1 in the best-of-seven Stanley Cup finals.

The streak resumes in Denver on Friday, with the home team needing just one win to clinch the title and end the Lightning’s hopes of a three-peat.

Stanley Cup Final

The Avalanche hosts two-time defending champion Lightning in Game 5 Friday at 8:00 p.m. EDT at Ball Arena. A Lightning win would force a Game 6 in Tampa, Fla. on Sunday.

Game 7 would be Tuesday in Denver if need be. ABC will air all Stanley Cup Finals competitions. Hockey fans can also stream the games on ESPN+.

The Avalanche, the top seed in the Western Conference, won the first two games of the series in Denver. The Lightning won Game 3 but lost Game 4 in overtime.

Avalanche winger Mikko Rantanen’s eight points is the most of any player. Rantanen registered a total of eight assists in four games. Fellow Avalanche wingers Valeri Nichushkin and Gabriel Landeskog lead the streak with two goals each.

Center Anthony Cirelli and left winger Ondrej Palat lead the Lighting with two goals each. Avalanche goaltender Darcy Kuemper saved 90% of Lightning shot attempts in four games. He made a total of 90 saves. Lightning star Andrei Vasilevskiy managed a total of 128 stops and saved 88.9% of the Avalanche shots.

College World Series

College baseball’s national champion could be determined at this weekend’s College World Series 2022 finals in Omaha. The Oklahoma advanced to the best-of-three title series with a win over Texas A&M on the tournament grounds on Wednesday.

The Sooners meet Ole Miss or Arkansas in Game 1 of the finals Saturday at 7:00 p.m. EDT at Charles Schwab Field. Game 2 takes place on Sunday at 3 p.m. Both games will be broadcast on ESPN.

Game 3 will air Monday at 7pm on the same network, if required.

NASCAR

Three NASCAR races will be broadcast this weekend from Nashville Superspeedway in Lebanon, Tennessee. The Camping World Truck Series Rackley Roofing 200 begins Friday at 8:00 p.m. EDT on FS1.

The Xfinity Series Tennessee Lottery 250 will air Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on USA Network.

The Cup Series Ally 400, the main event of the weekend, begins Sunday at 5 p.m. on NBC. Kyle Larson, Kyle Busch, Ross Chastain, Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano are among the favorites to win the 300-round event.

Ryan Blaney, Martin Truex Jr., William Byron, Tyler Reddick, Christopher Bell and Alex Bowman are among the other expected contenders.

Daniel Suarez won at Sonoma Raceway this past weekend and has had wins in two of the last five events. Logano won two of the last seven events. Elliott, Chastain, Busch, Blaney and Logano are the top five drivers in the Cup Series standings. Busch has the best series of 11 top 10 placements in 16 starts.

Chastain leads the Cup Series with seven top five finishes. He is also tied with Logano, Hamlin and Byron with two best wins this season.

Weekend schedule (all times EDT)

Friday

golf

Travelers Championship: Second Round from 3pm to 6pm on Golf Channel

Soccer

MLS: Orlando in Cincinnati at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN+

NHL

Stanley Cup Finals Game 5: Lightning at Avalanche at 8 p.m. on ABC

MLB

Cubs at Cardinals at 8 p.m. on Apple TV+

Tigers at Diamondbacks at 9:30 p.m. on Apple TV+

NASCAR

Truck Series Rackley Roofing 200 at 8 p.m. on FS1

Saturday

golf

Travelers Championship: Third Round from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Golf Channel; from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on CBS

Soccer

MLS: Kansas City in Seattle at 3 p.m. on ABC

MLS: Nashville at DC United at 5 p.m. on ESPN

MLS: Charlotte in Montreal at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN+

MLS: Atlanta in Toronto at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN+

Women’s International Friendly: Colombia vs. USWNT on FS1

MLS: Chicago in Houston at 8 p.m. on TUDN/Twitter

MLS: Minnesota in Miami at 8 p.m. on ESPN+

MLS: Dallas in Austin at 9 p.m. on ESPN+

MLS: Columbus at Real Salt Lake at 10 p.m. on ESPN+

MLS: Los Angeles Galaxy in San Jose at 10pm on TUDN/Twitter

MLS: Colorado in Portland at 10:30 p.m. on ESPN+

NASCAR

Xfinity Series Tennessee Lottery 250 at 3:30 p.m. on USA Network

MLB

Nationals at Rangers at 4pm on FS1

Dodgers at Braves at 7 p.m. on Fox

Rockies at Twins at 7 p.m. on Fox

college baseball

Game 1 of the College World Series: TBD vs. Oklahoma at 7 p.m. on ESPN

boxing

The main card starts at 8 p.m. on DAZN

Nikita Ababiy vs Noe Larios Jr.

Marc Castro versus Omar Castillo

Jessica McCaskill vs. Alma Ibarra

Murodjon Akhmadaliev vs Ronny Rios

Julio Cesar Martinez vs. McWilliams Arroyo

Jesse Rodriguez Franco vs. Sri Saket Sor Rungvisai

Sunday

golf

Travelers Championship: Final Round 1pm-3pm on Golf Channel; from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on CBS

MLB

Mets at Marlins at noon on Peacock

Mariners at Angels at 4 p.m. on FS1

Dodgers at Braves at 7 p.m. on ESPN

Soccer

MLS: New York Red Bulls at LAFC at 3pm on ABC

MLS: NYCFC in Philadelphia at 6 p.m. on FS1

MLS: New England in Vancouver at 8 p.m. on ESPN+

college baseball

Game 2 of the College World Series: TBD vs. Oklahoma at 3 p.m. on ESPN

NASCAR

Cup Series Ally 400 at 5 p.m. on NBC

NHL

Stanley Cup Finals Game 6 (if required): Avalanche at Lightning at 8 p.m. on ABC

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