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March Madness, golf, NASCAR pack weekend sports schedule

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Aliyah Boston and South Carolina face North Carolina in the Sweet 16 at 7 p.m. EDT Friday on ESPN. Photo courtesy of South Carolina Athletics
Aliyah Boston and South Carolina face North Carolina in the Sweet 16 at 7 p.m. EDT Friday on ESPN. Photo courtesy of South Carolina Athletics

MIAMI, March 25 (UPI) -- The Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight rounds of the men's and women's college basketball tournaments, a PGA Tour golf tournament and a trio of NASCAR races lead the weekend sports schedule.

A Formula 1 race, tennis tournament and the NBA, NHL and soccer regular seasons also air from Friday through Sunday.

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But March Madness continues to plug the TV networks as more than two dozen combined teams remain active in the respective 68-team men's and women's basketball fields.

The NCAA Division I tournaments run through the first week of April.

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Men's tournament

The second wave of men's Sweet Sixteen matchups airs Friday on CBS and TBS. No. 15 seed Saint Peter's takes on No. 3 Purdue in the first of four games. That game tips off at 7:09 p.m. EDT and airs on CBS.

No. 1 Kansas then battles No. 4 Providence at 7:29 p.m. on TBS. No. 8 North Carolina takes on No. 4 UCLA in the next game at 9:39 p.m. on CBS. No. 10 Miami battles No. 11 Iowa State in Friday's nightcap at 9:59 p.m. on TBS.

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The men's tournament continues with two Elite Eight games on Saturday and another two on Sunday. The men's Final Four is April 2, and the National Championship game is April 4.

Women's tournament

The women's tournament continues with the first wave of Sweet Sixteen games Friday. No. 1 South Carolina faces No. 5 North Carolina in the first game of the weekend at 7 p.m. on ESPN.

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No. 2 Texas plays at the same time in another Sweet Sixteen game against No. 6 Ohio State on ESPN2.

No. 4 Maryland faces No. 1 Stanford at 9:30 p.m. on ESPN. No. 3 Iowa State battles No. 10 Creighton at the same time on ESPN2.

The final wave of women's Sweet Sixteen games air Saturday. No. 1 North Carolina State faces No. 5 Notre Dame in the first game at 11:30 a.m. on ESPN.

No. 2 UConn then faces No. 3 Indiana at 2 p.m. on ESPN. No. 1 Louisville faces No. 4 Tennessee in the third game at 4 p.m. on ESPN2. No. 3 Michigan then battles No. 10 South Dakota at 6:30 p.m. on the same network.

The women's Elite Eight airs Sunday and Monday. The Final Four and National Championship game air April 1 and 3, respectively.

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NASCAR

The NASCAR season continues with a trio of weekend races at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.

Truck Series drivers take the track first for the XPEL 225 at 1 p.m. EDT Saturday on FS1. The Xfinity Series Pit Boss 250 follows at 4:30 p.m. Saturday on FS1.

Cup Series drivers will compete in the weekend finale when they race in the EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix at 3:30 p.m. Sunday on Fox.

Cup Series standings leader Chase Elliott, Kyle Larson, Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch, Chase Briscoe and A.J. Allmendinger are among the favorites to win the EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix.

Weekend schedule (all times EDT)

Friday

Tennis

Miami Open at 11 a.m. on Tennis Channel

Golf

WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play from 2 to 8 p.m. on Golf Channel

College basketball

Men's

Saint Peter's vs. Purdue at 7:09 p.m. on CBS

Providence vs. Kansas at 7:29 p.m. on TBS

North Carolina vs. UCLA at 9:39 p.m. on CBS

Iowa State vs. Miami at 9:59 p.m. on TBS

Women's

North Carolina vs. South Carolina at 7 p.m. on ESPN

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Ohio State vs. Texas at 7 p.m. on ESPN2

Maryland vs. Stanford at 9:30 p.m. on ESPN

Creighton vs. Iowa State at 9:30 p.m. on ESPN2

Soccer

Friendly: France vs. Ivory Coast at 4:15 p.m. on ESPN2

World Cup Qualifying: Argentina vs. Venezuela at 7:30 p.m. on beIN Sports

NHL

Capitals at Sabres at 7 p.m. on ESPN+

Penguins at Rangers at 7 p.m. on NHL Network

Blue Jackets at Jets at 8 p.m. on ESPN+

Flyers at Avalanche at 9 p.m. on ESPN+

Coyotes at Flames at 9 p.m. on ESPN+

NBA

Warriors at Hawks at 7:30 p.m. on NBA TV

76ers at Clippers at 10:30 p.m. on NBA TV

Saturday

Soccer

Friendly: Croatia vs. Slovenia at 10 a.m. on ESPN+

Friendly: Ireland vs. Belgium at 1 p.m. on ESPN+

Friendly: England vs. Switzerland at 1:30 p.m. on ESPN+

Friendly: Spain vs. Albania at 2:45 p.m. on ESPN+

Friendly: Germany vs. Israel at 3:45 p.m. on ESPN+

MLS: Cincinnati at Charlotte at 5 p.m. on TUDN and Twitter

MLS: Salt Lake at Kansas City at 7 p.m. on TUDN and Twitter

Golf

WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Golf Channel; from 2 to 6 p.m. on NBC

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Tennis

Miami Open at 11 a.m. on Tennis Channel

College basketball

Men's

Elite Eight on TBS

Women's

Notre Dame vs. NC State at 11:30 a.m. on ESPN

Indiana vs. UConn at 2 p.m. on ESPN

Tennessee vs. Louisville at 4 p.m. on ESPN2

South Dakota vs. Michigan at 6:30 p.m. on ESPN2

NHL

Islanders at Bruins at 12:30 p.m. on NHL Network

Lightning at Red Wings at 12:30 p.m. on ESPN+

Blackhawks at Golden Knights at 3 p.m. on ABC

Maple Leafs at Canadiens at 7 p.m. on ESPN+

Panthers at Senators at 7 p.m. on ESPN+

Devils at Capitals at 7 p.m. on ESPN+

Canucks at Stars at 7 p.m. on ESPN+

Blue Jackets at Wild at 8 p.m. on ESPN+

Oilers at Flames at 10 p.m. on ESPN+

Kraken at Kings at 10:30 p.m. on ESPN+

Ducks at Sharks at 10:30 p.m. on ESPN+

NASCAR

Truck Series XPEL 225 at 1 p.m. on FS1

Xfinity Series Pit Boss 250 at 4:30 p.m. on FS1

NBA

Nets at Heat at 8 p.m. on NBA TV

Sunday

Tennis

Miami Open at 11 a.m. on Tennis Channel

Soccer

MLS: Orlando at Portland at 4 p.m. on ESPN

World Cup Qualifying: USMNT vs. Panama at 7 p.m. on FS1

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Golf

WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Golf Channel; from 3 to 7 p.m. on NBC

Formula 1

Saudi Arabian Grand Prix at 12:55 p.m. on ESPN

College basketball

Men's

Elite Eight on CBS

Women's

Elite Eight on ESPN

NHL

Lightning at Islanders at 2 p.m. on TNT

Sabres at Rangers at 5 p.m. on ESPN+

Red Wings at Penguins at 5 p.m. on ESPN+

Flyers at Predators at 6 p.m. on ESPN+

Avalanche at Wild at 6 p.m. on ESPN+

Panthers at Maple Leafs at 7 p.m. on ESPN+

Canadiens at Devils at 7 p.m. on ESPN+

Coyotes at Jets at 7 p.m. on ESPN+

NASCAR

Cup Series EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix at 3:30 p.m. on Fox

NBA

Jazz at Mavericks at 7:30 p.m. on NBA TV

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