Zandon gallops on the track during morning workout ahead of the 148th Kentucky Derby on Monday at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. Photo by John Sommers II/UPI | License Photo
MIAMI, May 6 (UPI) -- This weekend's TV schedule will be filled with major events, including the NBA and NHL playoffs, Formula 1's new Miami Grand Prix and the 2022 Kentucky Derby, the first leg of horse racing's Triple Crown.
Dozens of regular-season MLB, NHL and domestic soccer league games will air alongside the major broadcasts from Friday through Sunday.
Two UFC title fights in Phoenix and a men's light heavyweight belt boxing bout in Paradise, Nev., will air Saturday. The PGA Tour season also continues with the 2022 Wells Fargo Championship. That tournament teed off Thursday and runs through Sunday in Potomac, Md.
A trio of NASCAR races also take place each day this weekend in Darlington, S.C.
Jockey Flavien Prat and colt Zandon are favored to win the 2022 Kentucky Derby. The 148th edition of the Triple Crown race is expected to start at 6:57 p.m. EDT Saturday at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.
Early coverage starts at noon Saturday on USA Network. Main event coverage will follow from 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. on NBC.
Epicenter, Messier, White Abarrio and Mo Donegal are among the other favorites to win on the 1 1/4-mile dirt track. Only 3-year-old thoroughbreds can qualify for the Derby's 20-horse field.
Jockey John Velazquez and Medina Spirit crossed the finish line first at last year's Derby, but the horse later tested positive for a banned substance and was disqualified. The 2021 title was given to second-place Mandaloun and jockey Florent Geroux.
Velazquez will be aboard Messier on Saturday at Churchill Downs. Geroux will hold the reins on Cyberknife, who is among the Top 10 favorites.
The winner of the Derby will receive $1.86 million of the $3 million prize purse for the Top 5 finishers. The winnings are given to horse owners and dispersed to jockeys and others on respective teams.
The Preakness Stakes, the second leg of the Triple Crown, will be May 21 at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. The Belmont Stakes, the final leg, will be June 11 at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y.
The NBA's 16-team playoff field is down to eight, who will compete for spots in the Western Conference and Eastern Conference finals through the weekend.
The Miami Heat, the top seed in the Eastern Conference, owns a 2-0 series lead on the No. 4 Philadelphia 76ers. Game 3 of that series tips off at 7 p.m. EDT Friday on ESPN.
The Phoenix Suns, the top seed in the Western Conference, also own a 2-0 series lead on the No. 4 Dallas Mavericks. Game 3 of that series tips off at 9:30 p.m. Friday on ESPN.
Two more conference semifinal matchups air Saturday on ABC. The No. 2 Boston Celtics face the No. 3 Milwaukee Bucks in another Game 3 at 3:30 p.m. in Milwaukee. That best-of-seven game Eastern Conference series is tied 1-1.
Star guard Ja Morant and the No. 2 Memphis Grizzlies battle sharpshooter Stephen Curry and the No. 3 Golden State Warriors at 8:30 p.m. in San Francisco. That Western Conference series is also tied at 1-1.
The weekend's NBA playoff action ends Sunday, with two Game 4 matchups that could be series finales. The Mavericks host the Suns at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN. The 76ers then host the Heat at 8 p.m. on TNT.
F1 in Miami
The Formula 1 circuit comes to the United States for the first time this season Sunday with the Miami Grand Prix. The 191.5-mile, 57-lap event will take place on a recently constructed course around the Miami Dolphins' Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.
The Miami Grand Prix is expected to start at 3:25 p.m. and will air on ABC.
Defending F1 champion Max Verstappen is the favorite to win the event, which will see cars travel at speeds of more than 200 mph. Charles Leclerc, Carlos Sainz, Sergio Perez and Lando Norris are the other Top 5 favorites.
Seven-time F1 champion Lewis Hamilton, Daniel Ricciardo, George Russell, Esteban Ocon, Fernando Alonso and Valtteri Bottas are among the other expected contenders in the 20-driver field.
Leclerc, who drives for Ferrari, leads the F1 standings. Verstappen and Perez, teammates at Red Bull, are in second- and third-place, respectively. Russell, who drives for Mercedes, and Ferrari's Sainz round out the Top 5.
Verstappen won two of the last three events, including the last race, the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix on April 24 in Imola, Italy. Leclerc won two of the last four events and finished second to Verstappen in the second event this season. Sainz owns two Top 3 finishes. Perez finished second in each of the last two events.
Weekend schedule (all times EDT)
Serie A: Empoli at Inter Milan at 12:45 p.m. on beIN Sports
Serie A: Juventus at Genoa at 3 p.m. on beIN Sports
Wells Fargo Championship: Second round from 2 to 6 p.m. on Golf Channel
Stanley Cup playoffs
Game 3: Hurricanes at Bruins at 7 p.m. on TNT
Game 3: Maple Leafs at Lightning at 7:30 p.m. on TBS
Game 3: Wild at Blues at 9:30 p.m. on TNT
Game 3: Oilers at Kings at 10 p.m. on TBS
Game 3: Heat at 76ers at 7 p.m. on ESPN
Game 3: Suns at Mavericks at 9:30 p.m. on ESPN
White Sox at Red Sox at 7 p.m. on Apple TV+
Rays at Mariners at 9:30 p.m. on Apple TV+
Truck Series Dead on Tools 200 at 7:30 p.m. on FS1
Premier League: Wolves at Chelsea at 9 a.m. on USA
Bundesliga: Borussia Dortmund at SpVgg Greuther Furth at 9:30 a.m. on ESPN+
Premier League: Manchester United at Brighton at noon on NBC
Premier League: Tottenham at Liverpool at 2:30 p.m. on USA
La Liga: Barcelona at Real Betis at 3 p.m. on ESPN+
MLS: Miami at Charlotte at 3:30 p.m. on TUDN/Twitter
MLS: Orlando at Montreal at 4 p.m. on ESPN+
MLS: Chicago at Atlanta at 6 p.m. on ESPN+
MLS: Kansas City at NYCFC at 7 p.m. on ESPN+
MLS: Portland at New York Red Bulls at 7 p.m. on ESPN+
MLS: Houston at DC United at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN+
MLS: Columbus at New England at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN+
MLS: Cincinnati at Minnesota at 8 p.m. on ESPN+
MLS: Seattle at Dallas at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN+
MLS: Colorado at San Jose at 10 p.m. on ESPN+
MLS: Philadelphia at LAFC at 11 p.m. on ESPN+
Wells Fargo Championship: Third round from 1 to 3 p.m. on Golf Channel; 3 to 6 p.m. on CBS
Stanley Cup playoffs
Game 3: Panthers at Capitals at 1 p.m. on ESPN
Game 3: Avalanche at Predators at 4:30 p.m. on TNT
Game 3: Rangers at Penguins at 7 p.m. on TNT
Game 3: Flames at Stars at 9:30 p.m. on TNT
Xfinity Series Mahindra Roxor 200 at 1:30 p.m. on FS1
Game 3: Celtics at Bucks at 3:30 p.m. on ABC
Game 3: Grizzlies at Warriors at 8:30 p.m. on ABC
Tigers at Astros at 4 p.m. on FS1
Cardinals at Giants at 7 p.m. on FS1
Kentucky Derby at 6:57 p.m. on NBC
UFC on ESPN+
Donald Cerrone vs. Joe Lauzon at 10 p.m.
Mauricio Rua vs. Ovince Saint Preux after first fight
Michael Chandler vs. Tony Ferguson after second fight
Rose Namajunas vs. Carla Esparza after third fight
Charles Oliveira vs. Justin Gaethje after fourth fight
Main event: Canelo Alvarez vs. Dmitry Bivol at 11 p.m. on DAZN
Premier League: Everton at Leicester City at 8 a.m. on USA
Premier League: Leeds at Arsenal at 9 a.m. on Peacock
Premier League: Newcastle at Manchester City at 11 a.m. on USA
Bundesliga: VfB Stuttgart at Bayern Munich at 11:30 a.m. on ESPN+
Ligue 1: Troyes at PSG at 2:45 p.m. on beIN Sports
La Liga: Real Madrid at Atletico at 3 p.m. on ESPN+
MLS: Toronto at Vancouver at 4 p.m. on ESPN+
MLS: Salt Lake at Nashville at 5 p.m. on ESPN+
MLS: Los Angeles Galaxy at Austin at 7 p.m. on FS1
White Sox at Red Sox at 11:30 a.m. on Peacock
Dodgers at Cubs at 7 p.m. on ESPN
Stanley Cup playoffs
Game 4: Hurricanes at Bruins at 12:30 p.m. on ESPN
Game 4: Wild at Blues at 4:30 p.m. on TBS
Game 4: Maple Leafs at Lightning at 7 p.m. on TBS
Game 4: Oilers at Kings at 10 p.m. on TBS
Wells Fargo Championship: Final round from 1 to 3 p.m. on Golf Channel; 3 to 6 p.m. on CBS
Miami Grand Prix at 3:25 p.m. on ABC
Cup Series Goodyear 400 at 3:30 p.m. on FS1
Game 4: Suns at Mavericks at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN
Game 4: Heat at 76ers at 8 p.m. on TNT