The sporting calendar in May usually is chock full of outdoor sporting events and this week is no exception.
The PGA Tour’s “5th Major”, the Players Championship at the TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach in Florida with its signature island green at the 17 hole will be the feature sporting event of the week. However, with Tiger Woods gone recovering from knee surgery, the interest will not be as high as in the past. But NBC Sports treats it as a major as blog hater Bob Costas will host. Defending champion Phil Mickelson will be there. Golf Channel will have the early round coverage on Thursday and Friday. NBC takes over on Saturday.
The NBA playoffs have started their conference semifinal round. Now that the Celtics have eliminated Atlanta, their series with Cleveland will most likely start on Tuesday. The entire series schedule can be seen here.
If the Dallas Stars eliminated the San Jose Sharks tonight, then most likely, the NFL Conference Finals will begin Tuesday and Wednesday. We’ll keep you posted of the schedules here at Fang’s Bites.
In Baseball, some of the interesting series early in the week include Boston at Detroit (which will be part of ESPN’s Monday Night Baseball), the Yankees at Cleveland, the Mets at the Dodgers, the Cubs at the Reds and St. Louis at Colorado. Then for the weekend series, Boston will travel to Minnesota, the Yankees will invade Detroit over the weekend, Arizona faces the Cubs in what could be a faceoff of division leaders, and Colorado will be in San Diego.
NASCAR’s Sprint Cup series will be at the Darlington Raceway for the Dodge Challenger 500 in another Saturday night primetime race for Fox. The Nationwide race will run the night before, the Diamond Hill Plywood (?) 200 on ESPN2.
The Formula 1 circuit travels to Istanbul, not Constantinople, for the Turkish Grand Prix on Sunday. Speed Channel has the race at 7 a.m.
That’s the week ahead in sports.