Loyola Ramblers players celebrate a win over the Drake Bulldogs in the Missouri Valley conference tournament title game Sunday at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI | License Photo
MIAMI, March 11 (UPI) -- Golf's Players Championship, college basketball's Selection Sunday and stellar NBA matchups lead the weekend sports schedule. College basketball conference tournaments and NASCAR races also air Friday through Sunday.
Dozens of regular-season NHL, MLS and international soccer games also take place throughout the weekend.
A star-studded field of 144 golfers are fighting for the top monetary prize this weekend. Twenty-two of the Top 25 players in the Official World Golf Ranking teed off Thursday at the 2022 Players Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. The tournament features a $20 million total prize purse, with $3.6 million for first place.
Those totals represent the largest prizes in the history of the PGA Tour, outside of the FedExCup finale.
World No. 1 Jon Rahm, No. 2 Collin Morikawa, No. 8 Justin Thomas, No. 4 Patrick Cantlay, No. 3 Viktor Hovland, No. 6 Rory McIlroy, No. 5 Scottie Scheffler and No. 7 Xander Schauffele are among the favorites to hoist the Players Championship trophy this weekend at TPC Sawgrass.
The Tour's best players, a very challenging Stadium Course and uncertain weather should provide plenty of entertainment for golf fans. The four day tournament airs on NBC and Golf Channel.
Those who shoot within the Top 65 scores and ties through Friday's second round will advance to the third round Saturday in Ponte Vedra Beach. Bad weather could be a factor on Friday, as it was for a while on Thursday.
Scheffler is coming off a win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational last week in Orlando, Fla. He is tied with No. 11 Hideki Matsuyama with a season-best two wins so far in 2022. Matsuyama withdrew from the Players Championship just before his first-round tee time.
Thomas is the tournament's defending champion.
The best college basketball players in the country will suit up for the annual Division I men's and women's tournaments through early April, but first they must wait to learn who they face first this March.
The men's Selection Show airs at 6 p.m. Sunday on CBS. The women's Selection Show airs at 8 p.m. on ESPN. Each of the respective tournament fields will feature 68 teams.
Gonzaga, Kentucky, Arizona and Duke are among the men's title favorites. South Carolina, UConn, North Carolina State, Stanford, Baylor and Louisville are among the women's favorites.
The First Four round of the men's tournament takes place Tuesday and Wednesday in Dayton, Ohio. First and second round games will be March 17 through 20. The Sweet 16 and Elite Eight run from March 24 through 27. Final Four games will be April 2. The National Championship game is scheduled April 4.
The First Four round of the women's tournament is Wednesday and Thursday. First and second round games run from March 18 through 21. Women's Sweet 16 and Elite Eight games will be from March 25 through 28. The women's Final Four takes place April 1. The women's National Championship game will be April 3.
Just a few weeks remain in the NBA's regular season. The top teams in the Eastern Conference and Western Conference will attempt to improve on their seed before the postseason tips off.
The teams near the bottom of the playoff picture will fight for a spot in the league's play-in tournament or try to make a run to grab one of their conference's Top 6 seeds, so that they can avoid the play-in format.
Two games air Friday night on NBA TV. The New York Knicks face Ja Morant and the Memphis Grizzlies at 8 p.m. EST in Memphis. LeBron James' Los Angeles Lakers then host the Washington Wizards at 10:30 p.m. in Los Angeles.
Two of the league's best players will face off in a nationally televised game Saturday night. Giannis Antetokounmpo's Milwaukee Bucks face Stephen Curry's Golden State Warriors at 8:30 p.m. in San Francisco. That game airs on ABC.
ABC's NBA coverage continues Sunday afternoon.
Kevin Durant and the Brooklyn Nets host the New York Knicks in the first matchup at 1 p.m. at Barclays Center. Jayson Tatum's Boston Celtics then face Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks at 3:30 p.m. in Boston.
James' Lakers face the Phoenix Suns in the NBA's final nationally televised game of the weekend at 9 p.m. Sunday on ESPN.
Weekend schedule (all times EST)
Indiana at Illinois at 11:30 a.m. on Big Ten Network
TBD at Auburn at noon on ESPN
TBD at Davidson at noon on USA Network
TBD at Houston at 1 p.m. on ESPN2
TBD at Arkansas at 2 p.m. on ESPN
TBD at Rutgers at 2 p.m. on Big Ten Network
TBD at St. Bonaventure at 2:30 p.m. on USA Network
Tulane at Temple at 3 p.m. on ESPN2
TBD at Tennessee at 6 p.m. on SEC Network
TBD at Dayton at 6 p.m. on USA Network
TBD at Wisconsin at 6:30 p.m. on Big Ten Network
TBD at Kentucky at 8 p.m. on SEC Network
TBD at VCU at 8:30 p.m. on USA Network
TBD at Purdue at 9 p.m. on Big Ten Network
Kansas at Oklahoma at noon on ESPN+
TBD at Baylor at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN+
Big Sky final at 3 p.m. on ESPN+
Harvard at Princeton at 4:30 p.m. on ESPN+
American East final at 5 p.m. on ESPNU
TBD at Iowa State at 6 p.m. on ESPN+
Kansas State at Texas at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN+
Players Championship: Second round from noon to 6 p.m. on Golf Channel
Truck Series Fr8 208 at 2:30 p.m. on FS1
La Liga: Cadiz at Atletico Madrid at 3 p.m. on ESPN+
Golden Knights at Penguins at 7 p.m. on NHL Network
Wild at Blue Jackets at 7 p.m. on ESPN+
Jets at Islanders at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN+
Capitals at Canucks at 10 p.m. on ESPN+
Knicks at Grizzlies at 8 p.m. on NBA TV
Wizards at Lakers at 10:30 p.m. on NBA TV
Premier League: Liverpool at Brighton at 7:30 a.m. on Peacock Premium
Premier League: Burnley at Brentford at 8:30 a.m. on USA Network
Bundesliga: Bayern Munich at TSG Hoffenheim at 9:30 a.m. on ESPN+
Premier League: Tottenham Hotspur at Manchester United at 10 a.m. on Peacock Premium
Premier League: Aston Villa at West Ham at 10 a.m. on USA Network
Premier League: Leicester City at Arsenal at noon on USA Network
Serie A: Juventus at Sampdoria at noon on beIN Sports
MLS: Montreal at NYCFC at 1 p.m. on ESPN+
MLS: Toronto at Columbus at 1:30 p.m. on ESPN+
MLS: LAFC at Miami at 1:30 p.m. on Twitter/TUDN
Serie A: Empoli at AC Milan at 2:45 p.m. on beIN Sports
MLS: Los Angeles Galaxy at Seattle at 3:30 p.m. on Fox
MLS: Vancouver at Houston at 6:30 p.m. on ESPN+
MLS: Chicago at DC United at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN+
MLS: Salt Lake at New England at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN+
MLS: Cincinnati at Orlando at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN+
MLS: San Jose at Philadelphia at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN+
MLS: Nashville at Dallas at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN+
MLS: Kansas City at Colorado at 9 p.m. on ESPN+
MLS: Austin at Portland at 10 p.m. on ESPN+
UMBC at Vermont at 11 a.m. on ESPN2
SEC semifinal at 1 p.m. on ESPN
MEAC final at 1 p.m. on ESPN2
Big Ten semifinal at 1 p.m. on CBS
Atlantic-10 semifinal at 1 p.m. on CBSSN
SEC semifinal at 3 p.m. on ESPN
AAC semifinal at 3 p.m. on ESPN2
Big Ten semifinal at 3:30 p.m. on CBS
Atlantic-10 semifinal at 3:30 p.m. on CBSSN
AAC semifinal at 5 p.m. on ESPN2
Mountain West final at 6 p.m. on CBS
Big 12 final at 6 p.m. on ESPN
Big East final at 6:30 p.m. on Fox
MAC final at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN2
C-USA final at 8:30 p.m. on CBSSN
ACC final at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN
Pac-12 final at 9 p.m. on Fox
Southland final at 9:30 p.m. on ESPN2
WAC final at 10 p.m. on ESPNU
Big West final at 11:30 p.m. on ESPN2
MAAC final at 11 a.m. on ESPN News
MAC final at 11 a.m. on CBSSN
SWAC final at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN+
MEAC final at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN+
Ivy League final at 5 p.m. on ESPN News
C-USA final at 6 p.m. on CBSSN
Jacksonville State at Florida Gulf Coast at 7 p.m. on ESPNU
Big West final at 8 p.m. on ESPN+
Blues at Predators at 12:30 p.m. on NHL Network
Flyers at Hurricanes at 3 p.m. on ABC
Coyotes at Bruins at 7 p.m. on ESPN+
Kraken at Canadiens at 7 p.m. on NHL Network
Blackhawks at Senators at 7 p.m. on ESPN+
Ducks at Devils at 7 p.m. on ESPN+
Red Wings at Flames at 7 p.m. on ESPN+
Rangers at Stars at 8 p.m. on ESPN+
Kings at Sharks at 9:30 p.m. on ESPN+
Lightning at Oilers at 10 p.m. on ESPN+
Players Championship: Third round from 1 to 6 p.m. on NBC
Xfinity Series United Rentals 200 at 4:30 p.m. on FS1
Bucks at Warriors at 8:30 p.m. on ABC
Ligue 1: Bordeaux at PSG at 8 a.m. on beIN Sports
La Liga: Sevilla at Rayo Vallecano at 9 a.m. on ESPN+
Premier League: Newcastle at Chelsea at 10 a.m. on Peacock Premium
La Liga: Athletic Club at Real Betis at 11:15 a.m. on ESPN+
Premier League: Leicester City at Arsenal at 12:30 p.m. on Peacock Premium
Bundesliga: Arminia Bielefeld at Borussia Dortmund at 12:30 p.m. on ESPN+
Premier League: Manchester City at Crystal Palace at 3 p.m. on USA Network
Serie A: Inter Milan at Torino at 3:45 p.m. in beIN Sports
La Liga: Osasuna at Barcelona at 4 p.m. on ESPN+
MLS: Charlotte at Atlanta at 4:30 p.m. on FS1
MLS: Minnesota at New York Red Bulls at 7 p.m. on ESPN+
Ivy League final at noon on ESPN2
SEC final at 1 p.m. on ESPN
Atlantic 10 final at 1 p.m. on CBS
AAC final at 3:15 p.m. on ESPN
Big Ten final at 3:30 p.m. on CBS
Selection Show at 6 p.m. on CBS
Northeast final at noon on ESPNU
Southland final at 2 p.m. on CBSSN
Big 12 final at 2 p.m. on ESPN2
Missouri Valley final at 2 p.m. on ESPNU
Selection Show at 8 p.m. on ESPN
Players Championship: Final round from 1 to 6 p.m. on NBC
Hurricanes at Penguins at 1 p.m. on ESPN+
Maple Leafs at Sabres at 4 p.m. on TNT
Canadiens at Flyers at 7 p.m. on ESPN+
Golden Knights at Blue Jackets at 7 p.m. on ESPN+
Jets at Blues at 7 p.m. on ESPN+
Predators at Wild at 7 p.m. on ESPN+
Ducks at Islanders at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN+
Flames at Avalanche at 8 p.m. on ESPN+
Lightning at Canucks at 10 p.m. on ESPN+
Panthers at Kings at 10 p.m. on ESPN+
Knicks at Nets at 1 p.m. on ABC
Mavericks at Celtics at 3:30 p.m. on ABC
Lakers at Suns at 9 p.m. on ESPN
Cup Ruoff Mortgage 500 at 3:30 p.m. on Fox